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UNBS to introduce E-tag.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards is set to invigorate use of E-tag in an effort to fight faking of Quality-Mark. According to the deputy executive director in charge of technical services Patricia Ejaru, many products are on the market claiming to be certified yet they are using faked quality mark. She explained that to encounter this issue, they are planning to extend use of Electronic tag to all products on the market even beyond agricultural products. She adds that under this system, all products will have a tag with a unique number which a consumer can SMS to the Bureau and verify whether the product is fully certified or not.

FDC president asks Museveni to to separate presidential powers from his political powers

Elizabeth Muwombi Members of the Inter party organization for Dialogue have met today to chart a way forward on issues affecting the country. Among other issues discussed was the commitment to coalition, election of the Ugandan electoral commission, political party funding among others. Addressing the press immediately after the meeting, FDC president Mugisha Muntu said there is need for president Museveni to separate his presidential powers from his political power as an NRM chairperson. The Inter party organization for Dialogue chairperson who is also Democratic party secretary general Mathias Nsubuga explained that NRM did not attend the meeting because the secretary general and NRM’s CEC Member, James Tweheyo were out of the country.

Minister dismissed from committee

Moses Kyeyune The parliamentary committee on Physical Infrastructure has dismissed the minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Azuba for lack of necessary documentation on issues regarding the status of roads in the country and the Standard Gauge Railway. The committee chair Eng. Denis Sabiiti had summoned the minister and other stakeholders from UNRA to explain the roads situation especially those targeted to be complete between 2016-2020 as well as an update on the Standard Gauge Railway. The minister however surprised members when she openly told them that she was not prepared for presentation as she had no written documents on the matters . The minister then requested for a verbal presentation a request turned down by the committee

MUK financially constrained and cannot run its operations.

Damalie Mukhaye Makerere University is financially constrained and cannot generate revenue internally to run its operations. This has been revealed by the deputy vice chancellor finance and administration Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, who says since the introduction of the staff incentives allowances in 2013, the university has not been able to cater for all the services at the university. He made this revelation while reading a report on the closure and the financial situation of the university. According to the report, the university spends Shs. 3.7 billion monthly to cater for the incentives of lecturers. Meanwhile, he says that despite accounting for 80 per cent of the student population, privately sponsored students are paying tuition below the unit cost, and these …

Minister dismissed from committee

Moses Kyeyune The parliamentary committee on Physical Infrastructure has dismissed the minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Azuba for lack of necessary documentation on issues regarding the status of roads in the country and the Standard Gauge Railway. The committee chair Eng. Denis Sabiiti had summoned the minister and other stakeholders from UNRA to explain the roads situation especially those targeted to be complete between 2016-2020 as well as an update on the Standard Gauge Railway. The minister however surprised members when she openly told them that she was not prepared for presentation as she had no written documents on the matters . The minister then requested for a verbal presentation a request turned down by the committee