Banned alcoholic beverages assembled to be burnt in NBGS

Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State in South Sudan bans sale of gin brands, burns thousands of bottles to curb harmful effects on residents.

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The state government in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal has banned the sale of any alcohol with the brand name gin, including Star Gin, Master Gin, Uganda U.G. Gin, and Disco Gin, among others, citing their harmful effects on the people who take them in the state.

In 2022, on July 20, the Council of Ministers in the state passed a resolution that all these types of gins should be banned, an order implemented on March 6, 2024, in Aweil.

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Having confiscated these harmful and forbidden alcoholic drinks, the government issued another order on March 1, 2024, to burn them at Nyalath.


Aweil Mayor Zachariah Dut Mou said 6,000 cartons of gin types were confiscated, with the expectation that traders should take their confiscated goods and take them back to where they brought them.

Some traders came and followed the proper procedures to remove their confiscated goods from Northern Bhar El Ghazal State with the help of the police, but others have not come since last year up until now, leaving 160,015 sacks here. We planned to burn the remaining gins since their owners did not want to come,” Zachariah said.

Northern Bahr-El-Ghazal State Information and Communication Minister, Garang Zachariah Lual, told the media on Wednesday people have still been smuggling the prohibited alcoholic beverages to the state, and that was why they burned about 10,000 bottles of gins so that the importers know that these things are banned

We have to come here to burn these things [alcohol]. The government of Northern Bhar El Ghazal State 2021 has been passing resolutions in the Council of Ministers, and the town mayor has passed the resolution that these things should not be used in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State.

Garang Lual stressed that “the government of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State strongly condemns that anybody who tries to bring this stuff to Northern Bahr El Ghazal is going to get strong punishment. As you can see, kids, young people, and even adults use these harmful items. And this thing is not healthy for our people.”

Garang said the government of South Sudan is in the process of banning factories that manufacture gins.

I think the government of South Sudan is in the process of shutting down those factories, and you know, as a state, we are independent. We make our laws. Some states may decide to use them in their states. But in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, we have our rights to pass laws to ban things that we see are harmful to our people,” Garang said.

An Eritrean trader called Takhalid Bhayhene, a member of the Eritrean community representing traders in Aweil, said all gins have been banned in Aweil Town since last year.

As we [Eritreans] are in Aweil Town, these things are not brought legally. Only if one may bring them illegally, in a way that I don’t know. But legally, these have been forbidden since last year—not even now. And for those traders who smuggle them illegally, that is the responsibility of the government—the government can arrest them and put them in jail or elsewhere; it is the responsibility of the government,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce, John Gau, said gins are banned because they have bad effects on young people.

A year ago, our government in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State issued an order that small alcohols called Star Gin or Royal Gin have bad effects on young people and children. An older person was issued the warning that this [alcohol] is forbidden. This is what happened today, and I witnessed the action. If there is a person found selling such stuff, such stuff will be complicated and burned like this,” John said.

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