East Africa: How 3,600 Bags of Rice Destined for Kenya Ended Up On Local Market

06.01.2017

On January 3, 2017, Mr Chris Ssengoba Salongo did not anticipate that he would spend the third day in the New Year behind bars.

On that day at about 11 pm, Mr Ssengoba was arrested by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) enforcement officers and taken to the Jinja Road Police Station to record a statement.

Mr Ssengooba's crime, according to URA was evasion of export duties. He had sold rice meant to be re-exported to Kenya in Uganda without paying duties.

These are charges he denies.

On October 7, 2015, Gloree International Limited imported goods among them rice into the Ugandan market.

The rice had been imported from Pakistan.

Gloree had not paid taxes on the goods so they remained warehoused until taxes were cleared.


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