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Expired alcohol and food set on fire in Rumbek


By Manyang Mayom

October 27, 2010 (RUMBEK) - The Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organization (SSMO) has disposed of 4.2 metric tons of illegal alcohol and expired goods by burning them in Rumbek, the capital of Lakes state on Tuesday.

Lakes state Director of Sudanese Standard and Metrology Organization, Malok Majak Malok, (left) inspects out of date goods and illegally imported alcohol, in Rumbek south Sudan (ST)

Among the merchandise destroyed was large quanities of Ugandan Waragi, otherwise known an B-52, a strong gin illegally imported from south Sudan’s neighbor.

Despite alcohol being legal in the south – unlike north Sudan which is governed by Islamic Sharia law – B-52 has been banned be officials in Lakes state.

Malok Majak Malok, local director of SSMO, told Sudan Tribune that “there is no mercy for those who purchase the most wanted B-52 alcoholic drink – there is no warning any longer for those whom their item are confiscated by law, no compensation at all”.

Two people were arrested earlier this month for selling expired medicine in Rumbek market.

Rumbek’s sought after but illegal drink, Ugandan Waragi or B-52 before it is destroyed by Lakes state officials (ST)

Traders complain that they have lost thousands of Sudanese pounds (SDG) after the confiscation was carried out by state authorities.

Trader Jacob Ajak Mabor, said that the Lakes state “government is carrying out random confiscation of foodstuff item[s] in this market – our businesses had broken down since no income or exchange of commodities selling inside this town”.

Authorities say that the borders of Lakes state have been put on high alert to look for out of date or illegal commodities.


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  • 29 October 2010 07:59, by Arthur

    Its really a curageous and good step taken by Lakes State authorities, because those expired goods and alcohol cause alot of damage and health problems to people who buy it with their own money. Such a step should also be taken in Juba and the rest of the Southern States because there are alot of stores and homes used to store such kinds of posions and they are not according to the standard and far from the government eyes. Lets encourage such steps and give it any possible support as faithful citizens to the forth coming new nation of South Sudan....

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    • 29 October 2010 08:19, by Nhiek Chol

      why are they looking on alcoholic drink which is expiring what this soda being from long from Khartoum? most of it has already expired and you only concentrate on transport goods from east africa?

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    • 30 October 2010 00:00, by Amantiel Kem

      It is a good work done by wrong people and that is why Lakes state is ever confusing things.what is the work of public health?
      Look here Traders are now complaining of thousands of Sudanese pounds missing.i totally agree with them because a looter is carrying out the exercise. Malok Majak Malok is a guy who is found of surviving on corrupt things in his history starting from BYDA to Ministry of Finance where the money for grain for the state has gone to his own personal benefit rather than the public meant.
      The question here is, what is the connection of standard measures and this exercise he is doing?
      Has he forgotten what his department was supposed to be doing? or is he assigned to that work temporary? Mr.Minister Pur has to know that there is no any development without traders. what i mean here is,anything to do with such exercise must be given to someone who may not take traders’s things(money) and goes home with them for his/her personal use.
      Pur made a very big mistake on the appointment of this Man (Malok) to work with traders but it is not a suprise since he is a marternal uncle to him. what he doesn’t know is that Malok doesn’t care of relationship but he cares about money. he will soon mess him up like what he did to former Finance minister who is direct uncle to him.
      All in all, let that work be done by the public health personels,they are they right people to do it and also let Malok be answerable to the stolen thousands of Pounds

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  • 29 October 2010 08:34, by Young Nation

    What is the morality behind the decriminalization of certain class of alcohol while at the same time legitimizing certain forms of alcohol? Alcohol is alcohol since they all contain substance that are intoxicant. My moral position as a son of the above mentioned city is that; either the government of Lakes State decriminalized or legalized all forms of liquor in Rumbek or throughout Lakes State as a whole.

    Young Nation is a citizen of Rumbek who lives in Brisbane, Australia

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    • 29 October 2010 11:13, by Malangki Martin Jueljok

      It seems that people of Lakes state have forgotten on what happened when the former government of Lakes State have decided to burnt down the old sudanese pounds without any approval from the Central Bank of Sudan and the old money was later on taken back to the Bank for Excahnge with new currency living the citizen whose money were burned suffering as it happened to the foodstuffs.

      I hope Mr. Malok Majak you were by then working in the goverment of Daniel Awet, i advised you of not bring any bad remarks to the goverment Eng. Chol Tong by taking the Law into your own without any consultatation from high authority or even the ministry of health to inspect them instead of you.

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  • 29 October 2010 11:11, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Good that South Sudan Gov’t check what is expired, some traders have no business ethic they just only want money and do not care about the health of people who are thier customers.

    Keep it up Lakes State.

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  • 29 October 2010 13:08, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    B-52 is a killer south Sudanese youth should avoid taking this drug before they got their independent from the hand of NCP,the case of Abyei is stand still,if war broken out now between NCP and SPLA,no south sudan youth will help,because of this B-52.
    Our neighour Uganda should not sent in Expired Goods like B-52,reather in bringing good materials,how can we judge them from NCP.


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    • 29 October 2010 15:55, by Takpiny

      You got it right Mr Malok,as you said “no compensation at all” I greed with you on that point because these people went beyond on a business ethic, selling expired foods items to consumers is a criminal offence which can lead of losing their business licensees , in my view destroying their goods alone not equivalent to money they earns all this time from expired foods items I think it will be better also if Mr Malok , report these traders to police to question them about their irrelevant business attitude.

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  • 29 October 2010 21:51, by makuei

    Oh yeah, good stuff. However, drinks can be burnt but drinking can not be burnt in the hearts of the people of South Sudan. Majority of the peope drink instead of doing what’s good with their money, worse of it are their their un natural acts in the name of drunkenness.


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