Mbale has turned into a dumping ground for fake goods, Dr Abdul Ndifuna, the regional Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) boss has revealed.
Ndifuna said tonnes of fake products have so far been impounded from shops within Mbale town following an operation across the region recently.
Toothpaste, cosmetics, and soft drinks are among the impounded goods. The fake items are said to have originated from Kampala following a crackdown on the perpetrators there.
Ndifuna made the revelation during a meeting organised by wholesale traders to tackle some of the bottlenecks encountered in the course of doing business.
The traders told Ndifuna that they are counting losses due to underweight commodities such as sugar and bread.
He urged the traders and the public to alert the standards body’s regional offices in Mbale in case they come across fake goods.
Ndifuna noted that the regional team is overwhelmed by the wide area of coverage. The regional office covers 38 districts across the eastern corridor.