COURSE UNIT: SALE OF GOODS
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2013/2014
Name: Paul Waisukirawa
Discuss the concept of consumer protection under the sale of good, giving examples from Uganda.
A consumer means the final purchaser of goods, or services, by law you are not a consumer if you, buy goods for commercial purposes, receive goods as a gift, buy goods for private use that are normally used for business purposes, buy goods from an individual who is not in business
A consumer is a natural person who uses products for personal rather than business purposes.
Consumer protection is concept designed to protect consumers against unfair trade and credit practices involving consumer goods, as well as to protect consumers against faulty and dangerous goods.
A contract is a formal agreement between two/more people that is enforceable by law. When a consumer buys goods he/she enters into a contract with the seller. Contracts are made up of terms. These terms can be implied terms or express terms, contracts may be oral or written and all are enforceable. The contract must be fair and clear to the consumer
There is at present no legislation in Uganda which deals specifically with consumer protection. There is however legislations that deals with certain aspects of consumer protection. That’s to say sale of goods Act cap 82 dealing with the quality of goods, the customs management Act cap 27 dealing with restricted imports, National drug authority and policy Act cap 206 regulating consumption of drugs, public health Act cap 281 regulating the security and maintenance of health, the Uganda national bureau of standards Act cap 327relating to quality of goods imported into the country and those produced within the country.
The description must match with the bulk.
The goods must be as described whether the description is something written on the package, something said by the seller, something said in an advertisement or something described in some other way....