Ugandan textile chiefs have called for a complete ban on imports of second-hand clothing amid claims they are stifling demand for domestically-made apparel and triggered 15,000 job losses.

Industry spokesman Eyasu Sirak said a tax slapped on used clothing and footwear imports last June was not enough and called for an immediate ban in a bid to attract more overseas firms to invest in the country’s textile industry.

"Although the textile industry has a potential to employ about 10 million people, its potential has been curtailed by the importation of second-hand clothes," he said