Bwanika: Traders Must Pay For Verification Exercise

website geneva;”>Bwanika told press in Kampala on Thursday that exporters should pay for the verification exercise, adding, “In case of fake commodities the traders should suffer the consequences.”

He, however, said Kyambadde should find ways of discussing the new taxes that come with the verification exercise.

The new government policy has sparked off a strike in Kampala, with traders vowing not to reopen their shops until the programme is reconsidered unconditionally.

They claim the system which comes with new taxes is “exploitative.”

But Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde says the rules are intended to stop counterfeit products from flooding the Ugandan market.


During a meeting held yesterday at Diamond Hotel in Kampala, the traders chairman Everest Kayondo said they would keep locks on their shops till next week pending negotiations with Kyambadde and other stakeholders

Kyambadde later tabled before Parliament several counterfeit products imported into the country by unscrupulous traders.

The items included electronics, a vacuum flask, sanitary pads and Cerelac.

She said government is committed to ensuring that quality products are imported into the Ugandan market and traders must comply.

Legislators also hinted on strengthening the capacity of Uganda National Bureau of Standards. The police are still heavily deployed in the city centre as the traders’ strike enters the fourth day.

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