By Juma Nsubuga
Parliamentary committee of tourism, trade and industry chaired by Kyegegwa district Woman MP Flavia Kabahenda has recommended that, government looks for additional funds to cater for Single Custom Territory (SCT) in the budget especially funds for posting Uganda national Bureau of standards (UNBS) staff to Mombasa to implement the single custom territory which starts in September.
During an interview with the committee boss (Flavia Kabahenda) today, she said that, the single custom territory is an arrangement by tripartite of EAC Heads of states whose implementation is to start in September this year.
She said that, the committee of trade has already received a request for addition funding of shs3.74b for the relocation, accommodation and office equipment for the Mombasa project.
“UNBS to implement its mandate of import inspection and verification to ensure that goods entering the country conform to the national standards so as to protect consumers safety and health and the presidential directive that prohibits verifying goods at Malaba and Busia leaves the committee with no option but to support UNBS in its request for funding” She noted.
She further said that, instead of government bringing a supplementary budget for this item, it is paramount that additional funds are sought to relocate the staff of UNBS to Mombasa.
The tourism committee also expressed dissatisfaction to the ministry of finance for failing to appear before the committee today to explain how Ugandans will benefit from taking UNBS to Mombasa as it was directed by the president.
“We wanted the ministry to explain to us why UNBS was directed to shift to Mombasa and how will replace UNBS to verify substandard goods made in Uganda since our own (UNBS) is directed to shift to Mombasa on EAC programme of single custom territory” Ms Flavia Kabahenda the committee boss questioned.