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Ugandan Traders Face Penalties as Tanzania Enforces Ban on Kaveera

Tobias Kamugisha, a dealer in cosmetics at Mutukula border post says; some of the Uganda traders are not yet used to the restrictions hence falling victims of the law as they cross to transact business within Tanzania.
11 Jun 2019 15:29
Some passengers have already transited to Synthetic Polyester carrier bags as Tanzania Ban of Kaveera takes effect

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Ugandan traders are facing tough penalties as they cross with polythene bags beyond the Mutukula border post. 

At the beginning of this month, Tanzania announced a total ban on the supply and importation of polythene carrier bags and their use with an intention of mitigating its effects on environment in their country.

However, Ugandan traders who will cross the Mutukula border post with their polythene bags are facing tough penalties in the hands of Tanzania law enforcement officers.

Tobias Kamugisha, a dealer in cosmetics at Mutukula border post says; some of the Uganda traders are not yet used to the restrictions hence falling victims of the law.

Kamugisha says whoever is carrying polythene bags in Tanzania is fined with Tshs 300,000 (an equivalent of about 490, 000 Uganda shillings) or else whipped with 7 strokes in public on failure to pay the fine. 

He says that the most affected people are those that cross the border point with motorcycles, bicycles that are not regularly intercepted at border checkpoint; but are blocked about 4 kilometres inside Tanzania. 

//Cue in: “tewali muntu….. 

Cue out; ……ssi buli obukadde.”//

Pius Mugerwa, a boda-boda cyclist at Mutukula border point explains that although the Tanzanian authorities had allowed people to deposit all the polythene bags in their possession at Village Councils for recycling, the grace period was also short-lived thereby trapping many Ugandans off-guard.

//Cue in: “abaali babulina mu byalo….. 

Cue out; …kiddamu kinyigiriza.”//

A female Police officer at a security checkpoint at Missenyi in Tanzania who preferred anonymity says that they have strict instructions to enforce the ban.

She explains that caning the culprits in public is one way of frightening away the would-be other offenders who are found of beating security checkpoints to sneak into Tanzania with the polythene bags, especially through porous entry points. 

She noted that the government advised all passengers to strictly use synthetic polyester carrier materials if they intend to carry any goods into Tanzania.

//Cue in: “bwebakusanga nako….. 

Cue out; …..tosobola kuyitawo.”//

Tanzania is the latest country in the East African region to slap a ban on the importation and utilization of Kaveera; coming after Kenya which banned it last year and Rwanda that has been enforcing it for years now.