According to the traders, police and Uganda Registration Services, Bureau-URSB officials arrested Waswa on Tuesday evening for allegedly obstructing the arrest of some traders accused of selling products that are meant to be distributed by an unidentified importer.
Kiyembe trader’s association closed their shops on Duster Street in
Kampala this morning to protest the arrest of their chairperson, Dan Waswa.
They blocked traffic along Nakasero market and William
streets forcing other traders to close their shops for fear of chaos. According to the traders, police and Uganda
Registration Services Bureau-URSB officials arrested Waswa on Tuesday evening
for allegedly obstructing the arrest of some traders accused of selling
products that are meant to be distributed by an unidentified importer.
say the URSB officials backed by police raided about five shops and confiscated
all electronics including main-switches, Breakers and changeovers manufactured by Harvel plastics in Dubai, saying that they were illegally on
the market. Waswa intervened to inquire how URSB, which is responsible for registration,
had gotten involved in regulating products on the market-leading to his
On Wednesday morning, traders staged a peaceful demonstration
by closing shops to protesting the continued seizure of their products and
the arrest of their leaders by different government bodies on baseless grounds.
Ibrahim Begale, one of the traders says that it’s not the first time for
such unscrupulous people claiming to be from Uganda National Bureau of
Standards-UNBS or URSB to conduct such operations and impound their products
with intentions of extorting money from them.
//Cue in: “Babikute byona naye
Cue out:…tulowoza nti waliwo,”//
Some traders, whose products were confiscated, said the police
and URSB officials couldn’t explain the problem with their products yet they
imported them legally.
//Cue in: “Waliwo omugaga
Cue out: mbu ayina contract,”//
Some of the traders said that they can longer compete with
Chinese businessmen who are flooding the market with cheap products, who they
suspect to be behind the scheme to chase them out of business.
//Cue in: “Tukoye abachaina......
Cue out: wano balinga bananyini.//
To cool down the traders, police released Waswa without any
charge. Addressing the traders shortly after his release, Waswa said he wants
the Uganda Registration Services Bureau to come out and clearly explain the
sole distributors of the said products.
//Cue in: “Twagala wajje wano
Cue out: batunyonyole ku products,”//
URSB has not yet commented on the matter as repeated calls
from our reporter to the public relations officer went without reply.