Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Ugandan official: cane dead bodies as example to the living

A Ugandan government official said the bodies of those who die because of drinking a local illicit gin should be caned six times before burial as an example to the living.

Edwin Komakech spoke on Saturday at a security meeting in the Amuru district about 217 miles north of Uganda's capital, Kampala. Some who make the local gin, called waragi, have begun distilling it with poisonous methanol.

More than 50 people have died in the last two months in Uganda from drinking the poisonous gin.

In Uganda, the bodies of those who commit suicide are also caned as a form of dishonour and to warn against such behaviour for the living.

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