Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Traders Call for Action Against Counterfeits

THE Mwanza Traders Association (MTA) has called upon relevant authorities to take stringent measures in curbing the influx of counterfeits in the region.

The MTA Chairperson, Said Juma, said that there has been, in the recent past, increased flow of counterfeits in the region, "and it seems that this problem is becoming even more acute.

It is important that relevant authorities intensify measures to contain the problem," the MTA Chairperson said. Mr Juma added that his organization recently penned a petition to the government through the Ministry of Science and Technology, expressing concern over the state of affairs.

"Counterfeits are so pervasive in many places such as the city centre and we cannot just keep quiet because they have adverse effects on individual traders, public and that of the national economy," he explained.

Observers say Tanzania is one of the countries that have in the recent past witnessed a massive influx of counterfeits, notably, electronic appliances, drugs, furniture and other related domestic items. Many city residents, however, seem not to be able to distinguish counterfeits from genuine commodities, and they end up grappling with manifestations of the problem.

"It was only two weeks ago when I bought a TV set and a mobile phone and they could not work for more than a week. I tried to seek redress from the trader but he vehemently refused saying that he was not the one to blame, and also didn't give me any warranty for the items," lamented a city resident, Ms Rehema Mohamed.

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