Right honorable speaker of Parliament Rebeca Alitwala Kadaga has asked the Uganda National Bureau of Standards UNBS to investigate about a tablet like substance reportedly inside the bottom of thermos flasks.
After the Kasese woman Member of Parliament and former leader of opposition Hon. Winnie Kiiza showed tablet like substances that might be dangerous on human life on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 following the messages circulated on social media stating that there is a tablet like substance in Thermo Flasks and it is harmful to human health and she broke
“I call upon the Ministry of Trade, Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Health to take interest and find out why such substances are in flasks,” said Winfred Kiiza.
Some MPs like DP, Busiro County East Hon. Medard Lubega Sseggona blamed the Uganda National Bureau of Standards for failing to stop the importation of such goods into the country.
“The National Bureau of Standards with police have been attacking shops in Kampala, confiscating the property of Ugandans and what they say is that they are enforcing standards. But one would wonder where these people are when these things (flasks with harmful substances) are being imported into the country,” Said Sseggona.
Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda however, said that government should first investigate the substance before the flask is laid in the House.
“The trouble we are going to find ourselves in is to lay the flasks and condemn them even before they are investigated. Let the substances first be investigated and if they are found to be harmful, the flasks can be laid,” said Ssemujju.
The Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Bright Rwamirama, agreed with Ssemujju saying that laying the flasks before the substances are investigated could cause a trade war if the substance is found not to be harmful.
“This can be a marketing strategy. Let these materials first be tested because if we move on hearsay, somebody could actually cause a problem here,” said Rwamirama.
“The Clerk to Parliament should send the items to the government chemist so that they can write a report and get back to us,” said Kadaga.
The Minister of State for Finance (Planning), David Bahati, said that government will present a consumer protection Bill to address inspection of goods to ensure quality standards.
“We discussed the Bill at Cabinet and passed it. We expect it to be tabled before Parliament in February,” said Bahati.
While responding to the Speaker’s concern on the shortage of inspection officers at the borders, Bahati said this would be addressed in the 2019/2020 budget.