Category «Business»

Gov’t speaks on traders’ strike

Traders continued with their strike in protest of the Pre-Import Verification fee, entering day three today. However, meeting consumers this morning, Trade Minister Amelia Kyamabadde asked traders to reopen their shops after government and the service provider agreed to renegotiate the fees on Monday. She has also advised not to mislead the public saying the cost of the verification service is to be borne by them. Addressing the same meeting the Executive Director Uganda National Bureau of Standards Ben Manyindo explained in detail how the system works He explains that contrary to the general perception, the cost will be incurred by the manufacturer who will then pass the burden to the final consumer through increased product price. Meanwhile The traders …

Traders strike extended to Monday

The traders have resolved to stretch the strike until Monday next week. They had earlier called a three day strike in protest of the implementation of the pre-import inspection levy, but this has changed after a meeting held this morning. A meeting chaired by the chairman Everest Kayondo has resolved the traders keep their shops closed until Monday when they expect to meet the trade minister and service provider. According to Kayondo, all hope is not lost and there is still room for dialogue. He says that they are still hoping that parliament will halt the exercise after minister Amelia Kyambadde presents a formal statement on the matter before the house this afternoon. The police on foot patrol and patrol …

Traders strike kicks off

The traders’ strike has began, with shops remaining closed in most parts of Kampala. Along Namirembe road, many traders are seen standing outside their closed shops, as are those in shopping malls like Qualicel, Mukwano, Mini Price and Pioneer Mall. Streets like Luwum, Market Street and Kikuubo lane which are normally a bee hive of activity at such a time of the day are all deserted. The traders under their association the Kampala City Traders Association resolved to close shop today in protest of the implementation of Pre-Import Verification Exercise by the national standards body. The contentious issue is on who is to meet the cost of service with both government and the traders trading accusations. The traders have maintained …

Police, taxi drivers clash

Seven taxi operators have been arrested around Kampala for allegedly sabotaging the renewed KCCA operation collecting of the monthly dues. This morning, KCCA enforcement officers together with the police stormed the old taxi park and all roads leading to the city to trap all taxis whose dues had not been paid for the period between May and June. The Police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Region Ibin Ssenkumbi says the suspects were trying to incite violence and also attempted to attack the enforcement officers. However some of the taxi drivers said that they are tired of mixed information with orders to await a decision from council on the due, while on the other hand, KCCA enforcement officers are asking for money. …

New taxes announced, Museveni speaks out on aid cuts

President Yoweri Museveni has lashed out at some members of the donor community over the recent aid cuts. Several development partners withdrew aid to Uganda over increased mismanagement of funds in many government departments. However, addressing parliament this afternoon, President Museveni has described the move as uncalled for and high handed. This comes shortly after the finance minister Maria Kiwanuka said only 18% of 13tn budget will be financed donors. Meanwhile, the poor service delivery in the country has been largely blamed on mismanagement rather than limited resources. Presenting the budget estimates for the financial year 2013/14, finance minister Maria Kiwanuka has promised to improve transparency and accountability to ensure improved service delivery. She says this will be done through …