Uganda, March 25 -- Government is proposing an anti-counterfeit goods and services law that seeks to impose tougher rules to control the sale, manufacture and importation of counterfeit goods and services.

The private member's Bill drafted by Mr Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP, proposes to, among others, introduce a 10-year jail term or a Shs500m penalty for anyone who violates the major objectives of the Bill.

Mr Basalirwa adds that although there are scattered pockets of anti-counterfeit legislation, the country lacks a robust law to control the growing problem.

The proposed law, when passed, is to be jointly enforced by various government ministries, departments and agencies such as Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda R...