Ugandan officials said on Tuesday they will impose taxes on imported second hand clothes and footwear to help protect the country's textile industry.

The controversial decision was taken despite strong opposition by business chiefs. Ugandans consume around 180 million metres of textiles a year.

Uganda president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said: "I will not ban them (second hand clothing and shoe imports), but I will tax them. We are struggling to achieve an independent, integrated and self sustaining economy.

"If we used locally produced textiles more, we would earn $540 million a year, which is a lot more than the $110m we get from coffee exports."

He added: "Now that our factories have been revitalised through privatisation, it is time we supported our own products."