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Kampala, Uganda | INDEPENDENT | The Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry has announced that it will move a safeguards law aimed at protecting consumers from false sales, fraudulent pricing and unauthorized products.
According to the chairman of the committee, Mwine Mpaka, although there are several laws in this country that protect consumers, they are scattered so that it is difficult to trust them.
He pointed to section 3 of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards Act, section 10 of the Contracts Act 2010, section 13 of the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, section 5 of the National Drug Policy and Authority Act and section 1, 2. and 3 of the Food and Drug Act among others.
Until now it is said that the committee through a member of the private sector will pass the law which will help to protect consumers from businesses. He said that currently several drugs and alcohol are being sold to children and this is something that needs to be stopped.
In addition, the proposal will protect consumers from bad lenders who pretend to offer easy loans, but have high repayment rates and hidden fees.
“The Committee on Commerce has decided to move the long awaited consumer protection law. The bill will, among other things, protect consumers from buying goods and services that are wrong, fraudulent or deceptive,” said Mwine Mpaka.
According to Mpaka, the bill will protect consumers from false advertising. “We have seen advertisements on the television that make false claims and people can buy these products. We’ve seen it in Kombucha/soft drinks and more out there,” he added.
Member of Parliament in Buhweju district, Francis Mwijukye said Ugandans have been robbed and sold illegal goods and services but there is no help.
“You have eaten unclean meat; you cause problems but where can you find a fix? “When you find schools open, that’s when taxis and buses raise their prices,” said Mwijukye.
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Hon. Agnes Kirabo, a councilor among young people said there are many fake products in the market, especially because the cheap and cheap options are fake that are guaranteed. He added that the new law will go a long way in regulating substandard goods and protecting consumers.
“It will save our country from suffering in the international market; whenever we send cheap and low-cost products, we will win,” he said.
The representative of women in Gomba district, Sylvia Nayebale said that Uganda has become a dumping ground for fake things and this needs to change.
SOURCE: Uganda Parliament Media