Kyambadde extends Chinese deadline

By Moses Ssebuliba

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has said that the 14-day ultimatum given to Chinese engaged in petty trade is too limited and unenforceable.

Kyamabadde was this afternoon appearing before parliament’s committee on trade and industry to give an update on the directive.

She has however told law makers that after an inter-government agency meeting, Chinese have been given up to the end of this month to quit petty business or be deported.

The committee chaired by Bulmogi County MP Kenneth Lubogo has now agreed to follow the new deadline.

Earlier members of the committee were treated to free drama as Trade Minister, Amelia Kyambadde and Kampala Woman MP NAbilah Nagayi Sempala engaged in a bitter exchange over Chinese traders.

The drama ensued after Sempala accused the minister of  allegedly failing to protect local traders, leaving foreigners mainly from China to encroach on businesses reserved for low income citizens.