A South Sudan minister has been arrested in Kampala for smoking tobacco and shisha in bars.
He was among the 17 people rounded up by police from city bars and locked up at Kabalagala Police Division.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Luke Owoyesigire, says the minister only identified himself in the morning during suspects’ parade.
“He has been released after establishing his particulars,” Owoyesigire noted.
Police refused to name the minister saying it will not pursue the matter to avoid a diplomatic incident.
The minister and others suspects were picked from Kampala Forest, De Posh and Savannah bars on Saturday evening.
The suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday on charges of selling and smoking tobacco contrary to Section 16 (7) of the Tobacco Control Act.
According to the Tobacco Control Act, a person convicted of smoking or selling tobacco in a public area is liable to a jail term not less than one year or a fine of Shs480,000 or both.
The owner of the bar in which the tobacco was smoked can be fined Shs20m and his or her licence suspended for at least six months.