By Namugerwa Martha
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has vowed to protect Ugandans from consuming substandard goods following the increased public outcry over poor quality of consumer products on the Ugandan market.
While speaking in the sensitization conference about UNBS mandate in Kampala on Wednesday, Ben Manyindo UNBS’s executive director said that their major duty is about consumer protection, that’s why they have started engaging with law enforcement entities to find means of protecting consumers from substandard goods.
“Our mandate deals with goods that do not meet standards and those are the goods we are trying to eliminate in order to ensure that the public consumes goods which are up to the required standard,” Manyindo said.
He added that with them working with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau, in the process of registering all enterprises that produce for the local market and have a surveillance team on the ground to ensure the elimination of all unfit goods the consuming or buying substandard goods will end.
“We have to stop substandard products coming to the Ugandan market, initiatives like Pre Export Verification of Conformity to Standards has been introduced to ensure that goods are inspected from their countries of origin before being imported to Uganda and even check the locally manufactured goods especially SME’s not leaving out the expired ones which retailers put on the market,” Manyindo added.
However, Manyindo further added that there are still persistent complaints from the public that consumers are being exposed to substandard goods which is going to be sorted out soon.