Kampala traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) are currently on strike accusing Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] of mistreatment and heavy taxation.
The strike which is expected to take two days follows URA’s directive to have traders who have fail to pay taxes arrested and jailed.
The directive was issued by URA Customs Commissioner General, Dickens Kateshumbwa, with the support of URA Commissioner General, Doris Akol.
On Tuesday, the ministry of Finance policy director, Lawrence Kiiza, appealed to Kateshumbwa to withdraw the directive but to no avail.
KACITA spokesperson, Issa Ssekito, said the traders had resolved to close down their shops as a way of expressing their discontentment.
He said the traders would also refuse to pay taxes on imported goods.
Street vendors utilized the situation Thursday to make quick cash.
Vendors who deal in shoes, clothes, belts, jewelries, drinks and fruits, etc have used the closure of shops to sell off their items as fast as possible before KCCA enforcement officers catch up with them.