Magufuli: Why we blocked Ugandan sugar - 6 months ago, 10 Aug 09:58

By: The Citizen

Dar es Salaam

President John Magufuli has explained the decision of his government to ban sugar importation from Uganda saying there were some traders who used the opportunity to bring in smuggled products.

He made the remarks when he was addressing a joint press conference held at State House in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, August 8, attended also by his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni who is in Tanzania on an official visit.

The event, which was broadcast live through a local TV station, was also attended by ministers from Uganda and Tanzania. 

“We were informed of smuggling of sugar products to Tanzania from Uganda. This is why we issued an embargo to stop the illegal activities,” he said. 

Adding “Apparently we came to realise that the sugar products which were entering the country from Uganda were not manufactured in Uganda, but elsewhere despite being labelled as manufactured in Uganda,” he said. 

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