We’ve been chased out of Kampala, Drug-Shop opperators

A row has broken out in Uganda’s human drugs retail industry, following a directive by the National Drugs Authority that effectively orders small retailers out of urban areas.

The retail sector has 1300 pharmacies which are large medical stores, half of which are in the capital Kampala, and 11,000 smaller outlets referred to as drug shops.

The directive is enforcing a new policy that states that no drug shop should be within a radius of 1.5 kilometers of a pharmacy.

The National Drugshop Advocacy Initiative argues that the policy aims at protecting pharmacies, which are largely owned by foreigners or rich government officials.

The group’s Chairman Dennis Senyonjo says they are suing the government if it implements this, because it will render thousands jobless.