The National Capital District Commission and Governor Powes Parkop are set for the Betel Nut (Buai) Ban come 1st of October.
In a media conference on Thursday, Powes Parkop said his aim is to flush out beetle nut consumption in Public areas.
Strict surveillance will be put in public areas, including hefty fines on Public motor vehicles which are found to be harbouring the commercialization of the nut in the nation’s capital.
Governor Powes Parkop is not backing down, despite threats from various members of the public to take a petition against the Ban to the courts.
“It’s not a decision that I want to make and we want to do; our people themselves, both the sellers and the chewers forced our hands…they are responsible for this decision so they should not blame me or NCDC,” said Parkop.
He clarified that the ban is merely to stop the consumption of betel nut in public areas and PMV’s. It does not stop residents chewing within their own premises.
The ban he says is solely to keep the city premises clean. NCDC estimates K1 million is spent on cleaning the city every month.
At this stage the commission has not yet confirmed spot fine rates. However, Governor Parkop says it will be most likely be K50 for individuals; while for PMV’s, fine of K1, 000 and for aircrafts K10, 000.
As announced earlier, designated Buai selling spots will be out of the city precincts in the Mekeo area. A market is to be constructed at Ruburogo between Laloki and Brown River.
Overall, Governor Parkop said looking at the bigger picture, he says the ban is not just a ban; it’s about instilling morals and ethical conduct in the community.