By Sandra Birungi
Street vendors have evaded the streets of Kampala as the traders’ strike continues into the fourth day.
The street vendors claim they cannot bear to watch Ugandans toil as they look for merchandize yet the shops are still closed. “We have done this to help Ugandans especially those from villages not to suffer because of the closure of the shops by traders. We are going to work on the streets and alongside roads until the shops are reopened,” one of the street vendors, Mohamed Tenywa said.
The streets of Ben Kiwanuka, Burton, William, Namirembe, Nakivubo, Allen Road and Luwum street have been evaded so far. The merchandize range from clothes, utensils, children’s toys, beddings, among other things.
Traders on Tuesday started a strike by closing their shops showing their discontent over the Pre-Import Verification of Conformity Standards (PVOC). According to the Trade Minister, Amelia Kyambadde, PVOC is supposed to help curb fake products making their way into the country.
“The objective of the scheme is to protect Ugandans from substandard goods. I feel the charges could be high. The ministry is committed to dialogue with traders to review the charges,” she said.
Traders want the taxes reduced and promised to continue with the strike until next week Monday.