UGANDAN traders are supplying substandard products to southern Sudan, the regionâ€™s director of grades and measurement has said. â€œThese mainly include iron sheets, rotten biscuits, beer, bottled water and nails that are soft yet we use them for construction. Some productsâ€™ expiry dates have been tampered with,â€ Brig. Gen. Malual Kuir Ajak explained.
â€œWe are also human beings, why do you want to spoil our market? I urge you to change the way you manufacture products that go to southern Sudan. Maybe we need to re-arrange the border with check points,â€ Ajak said during a two-day awareness workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala recently.
Ajak and Brig. Gen. Gaar Yuang Bior were in Uganda to study the Uganda National Bureau of Standards operations.
â€œAfter our training, we shall go back and trace all these fake products and bring them back to Uganda,â€ he promised.
Bior attributed the problem to the lack of a standards bureau in southern Sudan.
â€œWe donâ€™t have to blame Ugandans for the fake products entering our market because in Sudan, we have the standards but they are not yet applied in southern Sudan,â€ he said.
The chairman of the Uganda Manufacturers Association committee on standards, Robert Mawanda, said the traders imitate the manufacturersâ€™ products and scan labels.
Mawanda said other sub-standard products come from China and other Asian countries.
Fake goods in Sudan blamed on local traders