Engineer John Paul Musimami, the Deputy Executive Director in Charge of Compliance at UNBS advises consumers to get more vigilant while purchasing goods from suppliers to ensure that they get the right quantities and the quality they pay for.
National Bureau of Standards-UNBS has cautioned the public against deceptive
traders who are taking advantage of the unstable commodity prices to fleece
concerned that many consumers are already falling victims to unscrupulous
traders who are taking advantage of rising commodity prices in the country to
either overcharge or manipulate the quantity and quality of commodities on the
John Paul Musimami, the Deputy Executive Director in Charge of Compliance at
UNBS advises consumers to get more vigilant while purchasing goods from
suppliers to ensure that they get the right quantities and the quality they pay
that their inspection teams have learned of a trend of deceptive traders who are fond of cheating clients by making them purchase commodities at prices that
are higher than they indicate on the display boards.
cited fuel dealers who display prices that are totally different from what they
actually charge clients. He advises that
while they engage the relevant Ministries and government departments to find a
lasting solution to the habit in the business sector, the consumers also ought
to be more vigilant and shun such dishonest traders as a possibility of
stamping them out of business.
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Jackson Mukisa, the Inspector in Charge of Standards and Measurements also
indicates the deception habit has also been cited among traders of basic
household communities, especially those that are prepackaged, whose quantities
He asked consumers
to always pay attention to every detail indicated on the packages of the
commodities they purchase and always report any form of falsification they may
detect for possible actions.
Engineer Musimani, says that the Bureau is currently working on amendments in
the 1965 Weights and Measures law, to reinforce their field operations as well
as cater for the latest measurements equipment that was not captured in the
He explains that besides making the law more punitive to offenders, the
proposed amendments also intend to create uniformity with the East African
community and international measurement standards.