The state minister for gender and culture, Peace Mutuuzo, has attributed increasing teenage pregnancies to energy drinks.
“When we see our young girls getting pregnant it’s not because of Covid, it’s more of these drinks and energy drinks put on the market without necessarily analyzing them and their content,” she said on Wednesday.
Mutuuzo was officiating the budget conference for Bunyangabu District at Kibiito District headquarters.
“It is really important that we go slow on these drinks because some of them have been baptized very delicious names,” she added.
She asked the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to intervene and regulate on the number of energy drink brands.
“These days there are many energy drinks on the market and our people are being deceived that they give manpower,” she is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
“You ask yourself, man power for what? Are they planning a war? In the evening when they get intoxicated they don’t spare our young girls?”
She added: “Is it morally right to disguise alcoholic drinks as energy drink? Are we short of energy?”
According to her, the attractive brand names lure people to consume their products.
“Majority of these energy drinks have been baptised with delicious names like Mukama Nayamba, Aleluya, Praise God and now days you see born again people rushing for these drinks,” she said.