Minister to Address Traders’ Concerns Amid Ongoing Talks

The challenges faced by traders in Kampala City may see resolution if ongoing discussions with the government yield effective outcomes. Minister David Bahati, responsible for Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives, informed Parliament during the session on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, that if breakthroughs are made at the Executive level, a report will be presented to Parliament the following day.

 The traders, organized under the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA), initiated a strike, resulting in the closure of numerous shops in downtown Kampala since April 8, 2024. Among their grievances is the implementation of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing Solution (EFRIS) by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), citing lack of awareness and infrastructure to comply with the system.

 “The Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Finance are currently engaging with traders, and I intend to provide an update on progress tomorrow,” stated Bahati.

 He responded to Speaker Anita Among’s call for urgency in addressing the traders’ concerns, which had been previously discussed in the House.

“There is widespread uncertainty regarding the amount of taxes being paid by traders, highlighting the need for clarity,” added Among.

 Opposition Leader Joel Ssenyonyi emphasized the urgent need for the government to address the issue, emphasizing the significant impact of the strike. Additionally, Member of Parliament Joseph Ssewungu proposed a temporary suspension of the EFRIS system while traders receive training, suggesting it as a viable solution while long-term resolutions are pursued.