Government Tasked to Probe Tablet-Like Substance in Thermo Flasks
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the government chemist to investigate a substance that is allegedly inside some thermos flasks.
Messages have been circulating on social media stating that there is a tablet-like substance in thermos flasks and it is harmful to human health.
While raising a matter of national importance, Hon Winfred Kiiza, the former Leader of the Opposition, said after receiving the messages, she broke two of her flasks and found three tablet-like substances in them.
The substance was laid on table by Hon. Winfred Kiiza during plenary sitting on Wednesday, 23 January 2019.
Hon. Medard Lubega Sseggona (DP, Busiro County East) blamed the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) for failing to stop importation of such goods into the country.
The Minister of State forFinance (Planning), David Bahati, said that government will present a consumer protection Bill to address inspection of goods to ensure quality standards.
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.
Hon. Alex Byarugaba (NRM, Isingiro County South) suggested that the flasks in question should be laid on table so that they are known to the public.
Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda however, said that government should first investigate the substance before the flask is laid in the House.
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.