(Oct. 12, 2010) On September 28, 2010, the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Finance (Amendment) Bill 2010 which, among other things, bans the import of used electronics and appliances (including refrigerators, freezers, computers, and television sets) and imposes stringent limitations on the import, manufacture, and sale of plastic bags (House Approves Ban on Importation of Used Electronics and Polythene Bags, The Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website, http://www.parliament.go.ug/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&a
mp;id=724&Itemid=65) (last visited Oct. 6, 2010)). The bill must be sent to the President of Uganda for his assent before it can become law.
The bill makes violation of any of the above bans an offense and imposes, on conviction, a mandatory minimum prison sentence of eight years or a fine (id.).
Meanwhile, a similar ban on the importation and sale of used refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers in Ghana will take effect on January 1, 2011 (Ban on Used Refrigerators to Take Effect on [sic] January 2011, PEACE FM ONLINE (Aug. 30, 2010), http://news.peacef
monline.com/news/201008/76530.php). Violation of this ban is an offense punishable, on conviction, with a maximum of one year in prison and/or a fine (§ 6, Energy Efficiency (Prohibition of Manufacture, Sale or Importation of Incandescent Filament Lamp, Used Used [sic] Refrigerator, Used Refrigerator Freezer, Used Freezer and Used Airconditioner) Regulations, L.I. 1932, (2008), Ghana Energy Commission website, http://new.energycom.gov.gh/downloads/LI_1932.pdf) (last visited Oct. 6, 2010)).