Mairungi Growers Petition Constitutional Court


A group of Khat (Mairungi) growers in Wakiso district have gone to the Constitutional Court seeking orders de-categorizing this crop from the narcotic drugs.

The farmers under their umbrella organization; Wakiso Miraa Growers and Dealers Association Ltd are seeking for court orders restraining the Ministry of Internal Affairs from imposing a ban on growing and selling  Mairungi which is categorized under basing on the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (2015).

They assert that through their lab research and experiments, order the deduced that Mairungi is not a narcotic drug but rather a vegetable and a herb that could be used to cure a series of ailments.

Header advertisement

It’s against this background that they now want court to order government to declare  Mairungi as one of the cash crops grown  in  this country in addition to coffee, page cotton and tea  saying it’s a  major source of livelihood to many families.

They also want court to issue a temporary order stopping the continued raids on their homes and gardens by police until the final hearing and determination of this case.

Court is yet to summon the Attorney General who has been listed as the respondent to file a response.


Header advertisement
To Top