The ban on the importation of used computers and refrigerators is likely to render many city residents unemployed.
Syda Bumba, the finance minister announced yesterday a total ban on the importation of used computers and refrigerators.
She said the ban was necessary to protect the environment. Dealers of used computers and refrigerator along Katwe, Ndeeba and Namirembe roads say the ban is likely to affect many people.
Ronald Serwanga an attendant at one of the refrigerator shops in Katwe says that the ban will mostly affect middle income earners.
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Stephen Egesa a dealer in second hand computers says, that they have been selling used computers to enterprising youth who want to start business, but couldn't afford new computers.
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ICT State Minister, Alintuma Nsambu however, says the ban is aimed at stopping electronic waste dumping in Uganda.
He says that the prices of new computers have dropped and the youths can afford the prices. Government has also waived taxes on the importation of used computers.
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Alintuma says Uganda like other developing countries has been a dumping ground for electronic waste which is dangerous to the environment.
Improper disposal of e-waste like computers can release hazardous chemicals and heavy metals into the environment, which is harmful to health.