MP calls for market regulation, consumer protection laws

MP calls for market regulation, consumer protection laws
The pictures of food items displayed for sale in one of the shops at Juba’s Konyo-Konyo main market. [Alex Bullen, City Review]

The MP representing Northern Bahr el Ghazel State Stephen Lual urged the National Assembly to consider the enactment of consumer protection laws and regulating market prices in the country.

Addressing the Parliament during the sitting on Monday, Lual stated that there is a need for the government to implement consumer protection laws to shield people from consuming unfit products.

“I believe that one solution to this problem is to enact consumer protection legislation. This is the Consumer Protection Bill, which must be enacted to protect local products. We are aware that certain high-quality products originate in other countries,” said Lual.

“We have chicken, commonly known as Brazilian chicken, and other products that are of high quality. I am saying that in the market, whether it is in Konyo Konyo, customs, or in shops that are close to residential areas; you will find that prices are not unified, and this is a result of the lack of supervision by the government,” lamented Lual.  

According to him, consumer protection is one of the ways of monitoring prices; whether they are high or low, before harmonising them.

The lawmaker said the current market prices are not uniform and this is due to the existing gaps in the crucial consumer protection laws.

“We must protect our citizens through consumer protection because consumer laws will bring authority in dealing with the prices, and inspection of expiring food. This is a law that people must work on to protect the consumers of South Sudan, who are the citizens.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Jemma Nunu Kumba, advised the lawmaker to draft a motion to the parliament to get a resolution.

“The information is very important; you need to write it down in the form of a motion since you (Stephen) are talking about the consumer bill so that a proper resolution can be made,” the speaker said.

Lual called on the government to monitor the market and follow consumer protection laws for the safety of the people of South Sudan.