Peter Kitimbo, the Head of the Fuel Testing Laboratory at the UNBS says however, that some stations usually continue with the practice soon after the seals are removed from their pumps, and adds that such will be closed down.
MP Kasolo and RDC Kaboyo ordered Police to impound the Tanzanian registered truck number T989 825 with the rice. They ordered Emmanuel Kabala, the officer-in-charge of Minziiro Police post not to release the goods until URA clears it. But when URA to rushed to Minziiro to investigate the seized rice, they were shocked to find the rice and the truck had been released without URA clearance.
Dozens of goods consumed in the area are from Tanzania. They include soft drinks like Coca-Cola sodas, soap, rice, sugar and salt. While a plastic Ugandan manufactured Coca-Cola soda is sold at 2000 shillings in Masaka, a Tanzanian made Coca-Cola soda is sold at 1500 shillings in these areas.
Smugglers now pack the cigarettes in jerry cans, glass cylinders, drums and used tires. Some of the smugglers also allegedly connive with members of security forces to smuggle the contraband cigarettes from Kenya into Uganda.
There is tension at Lia and Odramacaku border points in Arua district following the closure of the border posts by Ugandan security operatives. The two entry points on the Uganda-DR Congo border were closed following protests on Sunday that were sparked by an incident in which goods from Ugandan traders were impounded.
Rakai district is to start levying a new tax on coffee to boost district local revenue.
Under the coffee tax, all coffee traders who operate in Rakai district must pay Shs 50,000 every season. The money is paid at sub county level.
The Special Revenue Protection Services (SRPS), a military unit attached to Uganda Revenue Authority have come under fire for allegedly extorting money from suspected smugglers in the eastern border districts.