By Deo Wasswa
Uganda National Bureau of standards has embarked on field operation to test and verify the accuracy of electricity meters to ensure that consumer of electricity are not cheated or cheating the quantity of electricity they pay.
The verification exercise has started in Kampala and initially targeting 10.000 electricity meters country wide.
According to Muhwezi Godwin, the principal PRO at UNBS, the operation is in line with 2015 electricity meter measurement regulation.
During the operation, all faulty meters will be removed and replaced by the new ones
By Robert Segawa
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged the government allocate more funds to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to save life of Ugandans that die and get disease such as cancer because of fake materials imported in the country.
The Deputy spokesperson Of Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Paul Mwiru while addressing journalists at party headquarters Najjanankumbi today said that UNBS doesn’t have good laboratories to check goods that imported in the country.
Mwiru adds that fake materials cost Ugandans much because they are not long lasting which he says affects economic growth in the country.
This followed the building that collapsed at Buziga Munyonyo and left unknown people trapped due to fake building materials.
He calls upon Parliament to fulfill the 480 billion asked by UNBS to construct labs than giving them 6 billion that was a located to them in the next 2018/19 financial budget.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has teamed up with Uganda National Bureau of Standards-UNBS to take the fight against counterfeit products to the final consumers.
Despite the mandate of the Ministry and UNBS to strengthen Uganda’s economy through the promotion of quality and safe products, bulky consignments of counterfeit products find their way easily onto the local markets.
The products are consumed by unsuspecting Ugandans since they are relatively cheap compared to the genuine products. Hadijja Nakakande, the Trade Ministry Spokesperson, says they have rolled out a mass sensitisation campaign to empower consumers to fight counterfeits.
Under the campaign, the Ministry and UNBS intend to stage roadside shows and debates to educate consumers on counterfeits. Nakakande is optimistic that the intervention will implore consumers to look beyond the manufacturing and expiry dates on the products and also look at other details such as the ingredients and certification among others.
Nakakande also urged consumers to strictly examine both imported and locally made products they buy at any time so that they can get value for their money.
Barbra Kamusiime, the UNBS spokesperson, says they intend to mobilise all stakeholders to fight this illicit practice. She is optimistic that many Ugandans will embrace the campaign since many are victims of counterfeits.
Swaibuh Wamala, a shoe dealer in Masaka town wants the Ministry to step up surveillance at all porous border points if the campaign is to register success. According to Wamala, most of the fake products are smuggled into the country through the porous borders.
The UNBS Act was amended in 2015 to increase the fine of those found guilty of trading in counterfeit products from 250,000 to Shillings 10 million with an appropriate imprisonment sentence.
By Alice Lubwama
The executive director, private sector foundation Uganda Gideon Badagawa is asking for a reduction in fees charged by Uganda National Bureau of Standards to certify product.
He says this will attract more small and medium enterprises to do business since the current fee of 1.2 million shillings is too high and prohibitive to many SME business owners.
He made the remarks at the opening of the 11th annual trade facilitation expo at Lugogo show ground.
Badagwa noted that the small and medium enterprises should be supported because they are the biggest employers.
The 3 days trade facilitation expo is aimed at creating business linkages for the business community.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards has visited the site of Moses Kyazze the building which collapsed on Monday after noon along Makerere road.
John Sanyu an official from standard bureau department of material testing says the material used to construct the 5 storied structure was substandard.
He says the iron bar used was barned by UNBS and the contractor used more sand than cement hence making building weak.
The officials have taken some samples including iron bars cement mixtures and stones to establish their durability and quality.
Meanwhile rescue team continues with search for survivors the death tall remain four, while nine people remain admitted at Mulago hospital after sustain serious injuries.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards-UNBS is working on a process to empower private laboratories to test products on its behalf.
Patricia Ejalu, the UNBS’ Deputy Executive Director told Uganda Radio Network that certified private laboratories in Uganda and the East African Community will be mandated to carry out tests but with the final approval resting with the standards body.
According to Ejalu, the move is aimed at taking services closer to their clients, many of whom have been facing challenges to get their products certified. Ejalu said the laboratory recognition scheme will also inform the Minister of Trade to take up the matter with the East African Community.