Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail 2.2K If You Like This Article Kindly Give Us A Share! For three decades, Owino second-hand market in Kampala has been a hub for business in clothes dumped on Africa by Western nations. However, a potential government ban on used clothing sales is about to rearrange this. Established in 1971, the sprawling market employs around 80,000 people, with 70% being women. The government’s proposed ban on used clothing sales, a move initiated by President Yoweri Museveni’s desire to promote African wear, and has been cheered by the clothing sector. Vendors display second-hand clothes to a buyer inside a market in Kampala on October 7, 2023. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced a ban on the importation of used clothing into Uganda to be effective from September, claiming it affects the development of the local textile industries and stating that used clothes belonged to dead people. Uganda has traditionally imported large quantities of used clothing, which many Ugandans prefer due to its affordability. (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA / AFP) The Owino market is not merely a place for inexpensive clothing; it is a significant economic contributor to the lives of many families. Shopkeepers argue that the trade benefits everyone, including the government, which receives taxes from sales. Estimates suggest that around one in three Ugandans, or approximately 16 million people, wear used clothing due to its affordability. A ban would force many Ugandans to choose between spending a significant portion of their income on new garments or going without, highlighting the economic impact on citizens. East Africa imports a substantial portion of the world’s used clothing, providing jobs for approximately 355,000 people and generating $230 million annually. However, African governments have long criticized the importation of used clothes, citing the negative impact on domestic textile industries. President Museveni’s war on second-hand clothes aims to promote African wear and reduce reliance on imported garments, emphasizing the need for national identity. Despite the environmental benefits of reusing items, the debate revolves around the economic consequences and the potential loss of duty-free access to US markets. Sellers offering second-hand clothes wait for costumers at a market in Kampala on October 7, 2023. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced a ban on the importation of used clothing into Uganda to be effective from September, claiming it affects the development of the local textile industries and stating that used clothes belonged to dead people. Uganda has traditionally imported large quantities of used clothing, which many Ugandans prefer due to its affordability. (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA / AFP) As Uganda’s state minister for trade, David Bahati, frames the debate as a matter of “dignity,” the government is considering potential incentives for investors to support a shift toward producing new garments locally. However, the proposed ban is not new, having been considered in 2016. Diplomatic and economic factors complicated its implementation, with opposition from traders’ associations and the East African Community’s unity fracturing. The geopolitical implications and the potential loss of duty-free access to US markets played a significant role in the region’s stance, illustrating the complex interplay of economic considerations, environmental impacts, and national identity in Uganda’s second-hand clothing dilemma. Read More Like This On Uganda Politics UPCOMING TOP EVENTS! VIEW ALL EVENTSAFRICAS BIGGEST FASHION WEEK IS HERE!Click Here To Submit stories Email: [email protected] or HashTag #FashionGHANA Share FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinWhatsappTelegramEmail FashionGHANA Admin FashionGHANA.com is a Fashion PR Company, Events planning & management team as well as Africa's leading Fashion Media House. Get Intouch with us and let's see how we can help you grow. info@FashionGHANAcom More For You VIDEO: “People Are Taking Their Sexual Perversion Into The Childrens’ Classroom” Sam George... VIDEO: See Kenya First Afrocentric School Where Kids Learn To Take Pride In... Ghana’s Parliament Passes Long-Debated Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill VIDEO: The Congolese People Fight Back Against The West In A Series Of... Greenpeace Protests Fashion Brands For Dumping Textile Waste In Africa Niger, Burkina Faso & Mali Break Away From ECOWAS Due To It’s Colonial... Nana Kwame Bediako Claims His Exclusive GTV Interview Was Cancelled Due ‘ORDER FROM... The International BRICS+ Fashion Summit Is Here & Kicks Off In Moscow November... VIDEO: Beautiful Ghanaians In New York Join The #OccupyJulorbiHouse Protest, Here Is What... Ugandan President Museveni Bans Second-Hand Clothing Imports to Boost Local Textile Industry Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.