Five traders in Kigoma municipality have been detained by police for allegedly taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to hike sugar prices against the government’s price caps.
Their arrest followed checks conducted by the Kigoma Dis- trict Defense and Security Com- mittee led by the Kigoma District Commissioner, Samson Anga.
The suspects were found selling Sh3,700 for a kilo of sugar, record high in history of many consumers. Also their business licenses were also confiscated.
Consumers in Kigoma were complaining that the traders of being opportun- ists and trying fleece them. The government has set Tsh3,200 as indicative price for the sweetener per kilo.
According to Japhet Hasun- ga, Minister for Agriculture, the price caps have been set in line with the sugar Industry Act No. 26 of 2001 (Cap. 251).
“According to the law, the min- ister has the power to announce indicative prices. The government has decided to set such prices after traders hiked randomly,” he noted.
Anga also ordered the closure of their shops until the legal actions taken against them be complete.
“There is a policy on consumer protection which bars business operators from exploiting con- sumers. We are witnessing some commercial operators raise their prices almost every day. Trad- ers should desist from exploit- ing their own people,” he said.