Traders announce fresh strike

Traders under the Kampala Capital City Traders Association have announced yet another strike, accusing the government of ignoring their plight.

The traders went on a two-day strike that ended just last week, protesting against the depreciation of the Shilling against the Dollar which has increased their cost of doing business.

They also complained about the failure by government to intervene as fuel prices continue to increase and also want the trade licenses reviewed.

The strike was called off following several meetings with government officials but the traders say nothing much is being done to address their plight.

The new strike which is set to begin on 1st August will now run for a whole week.

They are demanding government action on the depreciating shilling and want concrete controls on foreigners who are dominating the retail market, pushing them out of business.

The one week strike will involve closing of business premises nationwide, traders will cancel all travel abroad as well as clearances with the Uganda Revenue Authority.

They say all businesses will now participate including supermarkets, retail shops and fuel stations.

The KACITA Spokesperson Issa Sekito says the government has up the end of this month to address their issues; else the strike will go on as planned.

Trade and industry minister Amelia Kyambadde held several meetings with the traders and says steps are being undertaken to address their plight both in the short and long term.

 Story by Hadijah Mwanje