Peace Mutuuzo, Uganda’s State Minister for Gender and Culture, has blamed energy drinks as the major cause of high teenage pregnancy in the country.
She stated that once the men take the drinks, they do not spare the women, they handle them with their manpower.
Alleging that some young people have been deceived with claims of the drink enhancing sexual prowess, she added that teenagers take these drinks with the hope of increasing their libido.
“There are a lot of energy drinks in the market these days that deceive our people that they will improve their manpower. This makes me wonder, what do our young people need manpower for? Are they planning to go to war?
“Once the young men get intoxicated with these drinks, they don’t spare our young girls.”
The Minister also accused manufacturers of using attractive brand names for their drinks to lure young people to consume their products. Mutuuzo called on Uganda’s National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to intervene and regulate the number of energy drinks being sold in the Ugandan market.
“Majority of these energy drinks have been baptized with delicious names like Mukama Nayamba, Aleluya, Praise God, and nowadays you see born again people rushing for these drinks."