By Kiyimba Bruno
“Understanding global dynamics is relevant today since it is becoming broader due to the fact that people are more cautious about what they eat.”
Those were the some of the words spoken by the country director Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Miss Jane Nalunga in her opening remarks in a press conference organized at hotel Africana by Civil societies to respond to the president’s decision on bio safety act 2017.
Nalunga said that the Genetically Modified Organisms are not for free to Ugandans as opposed to what many think.
“Everything has a cost and we the Ugandans are the ones to pay in cases like this.” Said Nalunga. She went ahead to give an example of the Ugandan experts who have got a chance to study biomass in details that they are funded by external practioners who have hidden agendas.
In their statement, CSOs underscored the presidents concern in his letter to the speaker dated 21st December 2017 on the naming of the law Biosafety act while actually it talks about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Here CSOs feel that their voices are beginning to be heard through the presidents response and letter to parliament which echoes many of their long standing problems.
On this note CSOs appealed to the members of Parliament to take the presidents concern into account with efforts geared towards not soliciting the explanations on how irrelevant the issues may be but rather to provide for them as part of the existing sections of the act by clarifying in cases of inadequate provision or by inclusion of separate sections.
On the Liability and redress mechanism, CSOs believe that protection of indigenous genetic resources of crop, animal and fisheries.
Agnes Kirabo, the Executive Director for Food Rights Alliance (FRA)said that for ages, Ugandans have had enough food which to date the government does not trust in but instead government has more trust in the imported food rather than our own.