Kampala City Traders On Strike

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viagra dosage geneva;”>According to the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) Chairman, Everest Kayondo, believes UNBS and the government are scheming to collect “unaffordable and exploitative” taxes from the traders using this programme.

The Minister of Trade, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde in a meeting she held with traders yesterday, announced that traders should pay for the verification of goods that they intend to import in the country.

Traders say they are holding peaceful closure of their shops demanding that the government withdraws the illegal tax imposed on them.

They further contend this might take several days until the government answers their demand, adding UNBS should be “responsible in providing the accepted standards of goods that should be followed and also cater for the verification exercise.”


Traders add that this program should be aiming at taxing the exporters instead of Ugandans who are just importers.

However, Police warned traders against violence during the demonstration.

Deputy Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango said, “Stakeholders and the traders should use necessary channels to negotiate with the government on what they claim as high tax rates on goods.”

Police also promised the traders who will open up their shops to be given adequate protection.

“We are going to heavily deploy our officers and those traders who will forcefully close the opened shops will be apprehended,” said Onyango.

Furthermore, Isa Sekkito, the trader’s spokes person, assured the police that the demonstration will be peaceful.

Most shops especially in downtown Kampala remain closed.

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