SSPDF soldier dies after drinking expired alcohol
A soldier belonging to the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces [SSPDF] has died in Mundri County, Western Equatoria State, after excessive drinking of expired alcohol.
James Ngor Atem was found dead in his home after he reportedly drunk expired alcohol that had been disposed into the bush by a shopkeeper.
Police Commander of Mundri East, Charles Khemis, said the deceased took expired distilled alcohol commonly known as Royal Love Gin.
“He found alcohol in the bush and unfortunately he over-drunk the liquor and died,” Khemis told Eye Radio during a morning show yesterday.
“There were [also] two children who found the liquor [and drunk it] but they have been rescued after they were taken for treatment in Primary Health Care,” he said.
Cases of consumption of harmful liquor have been on the rise.
In August 2021, a man was found dead in Northern Bahr El-Ghazal after drinking a similar distilled alcohol.
States forced to act
This has prompted some states like Western Equatoria which banned the sale of alcoholic drinks across the state especially spirits gins as of May 2021. However, it is not clear whether the order is being implemented.
A similar approach was taken by Eastern Equatoria State last week after the area governor banned the sale of alcohol in the state.
The order also regulated the importation of sugar in the state and all bars across the counties. It limited the time of operation to running from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm from Monday to Friday.
According to the order, any company or individual that violates the order shall be fined SSP 1,000,000 and imprisonment.