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    City Bussinesswoman Charged Over Forging Trade Marks…

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    Evelyn Kunahimbire (L) and lawyer Fred Muwema (R)

    Evelyn Kunahimbire, a city businesswoman dealing in Agro-Chemicals has been charged for allegedly counterfeiting a trade mark to sell substandard products.

    Kunahimbire, 35, a resident of Matugga was arraigned before the Magistrates Court at Buganda Road and denied the three offences of forging trade mark, selling of goods with false marks and false applying of a registered trade mark.

    The presiding Grade One magistrate, Marion Mangeni ordered for the release of Kunehimbire on a cash bail of one million shillings upon an application.

    The magistrate said, “I have considered the bail application on the facts that the accused is a breastfeeding mother and she has also presented substantial sureties.”

    The court adjourned the case to September 20 for mention after the state submitted that investigations are still ongoing.

    Kunehimbire was arrested during an operation carried out by the Anti-Counterfeit Network Africa (ACN) in partnership with Bukoola Chemical Industries Ltd (BCIL) to crackdown on the illicit trade.

    The operation is part of the campaign which entailed a 90 days’ communication strategy to create awareness of the genuine agro-products on the market, an enforcement action against counterfeit perpetrators involved in the illicit trade is aimed at combating counterfeiting Bukoola products on the market, and boosting consumption of genuine inputs.

    Fred Muwema, the legal director for Anti-Counterfeit Network said that presenting Ms. Kunehimbire in court is a follow up of the legal action and follow up on the raid that was carried out to apprehend counterfeiters of Bukoola Chemical Industries Ltd Products like pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

    “They are chemicals used to eliminate various crop diseases and pests. But in violation of registered trade mark rights the counterfeiters have been duplicating their products and selling them at massive profits with no value to farmers,” he said.

    Mr Muwema cautioned farmers to be vigilant against supply of fake agro-inputs adding that genuine chemicals can only be accessed from gazetted distribution points across the country.

    “We are continuing with the operations with the Police to apprehend other counterfeiters still in the market who are endangering public health and safety. We advise farmers and other consumers to look out for genuine products and avoid being caught in the web of organized crime perpetrated by counterfeiters,” Mr. Muwema said, adding that anybody involved in the buying and selling of counterfeits commits an offence.

    The Uganda Agriculture sector which contributes up to 30% of the total GDP, over 70% of Uganda’s exports, and engages up to 70% of the country’s working population is considered as one of the priority sectors for future economic growth and economic inclusion by the Uganda National Development Plan.

    Despite the good National Development Plan, the sector growth rate of 2% is way below the average NDP growth of 6%. This low performance in the Agriculture sector has been partly blamed on the increasing supply of counterfeits and substandard agro-inputs which have negatively affected the agricultural sector and the economy at large.

    It is estimated that farmers in Uganda lose up to USD 7M to fake seeds alone, USD18M on fake herbicides, and USD 2M on fake fertilizers annually. It is estimated that the prevalence of counterfeit farm in-puts on the market is well over 50% hence a compelling explanation for loss of trust by farmers, and low adoption of agricultural technologies in the Ugandan context which is less than 20%.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    You Can Claim Your Money Through Stanbic Bank – Governor Mutebile To Africell Users…

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    The governor of Bank of Uganda, Tumusiime Mutebile has advised Africell users to claim their money on the Africell mobile money platform through Stanbic bank.

    “All Africell mobile money customers are advised to approach Stanbic Bank with their identification details and an alternative phone number or bank account to which payment shall be made,” Mutebile said in a statement released today.

    He added that Stanbic Bank will pay the beneficiaries over a period of ninety days with effect from 8, October, 2021.

    “After the expiry of this period, the details of any unpaid beneficiaries and the respective amounts shall be transferred to Bank of Uganda,” Mutebile noted.

    He also noted that Africell subscribers can obtain guidance from Stanbic Branches across the country.

    Africell has been offering mobile money services during it’s operations but announced last month that they have closed shop in Uganda and will cease all operations today October, 7, 2021.

    According to the Governor, Africell has been partnering with Stanbic Bank on mobile services.

    “The Central Bank will continue to safeguard the stability and integrity of financial sector,” he concluded.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Run Away From Destructive Politics – Amb. Walusimbi Cautions Ugandans In United Arab Emirates…

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    Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs has applauded the Ugandan Community in United Arab Emirates for their contribution to the country’s economic growth.

    Amb. Walusimbi said this after a meeting with President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni during the ongoing Dubai 2020 Expo. Walusimbi said that the contribution of Ugandans living and working in UAE can’t be over emphasized.

    “In past few years, your financial contributions back home have been estimated close to one billion dollars something that has greatly supported our economy,” Walusimbi said.

    “I trust that if we don’t let divisive politics eat our core, you can do more than this and we have faith in your hard work and generous spirit to see Mama Uganda at the top,” he added.

    Walusimbi also said that Dubai Expo is an opportunity for all Ugandans to showcase the uniqueness of the country’s natural resources, culture and good nature.

    During the meeting, State Minister National Guidance and ICT, Joyce Sebugwawo requested that government should finalize arrangement and negotiations with its counterparts in regard to the minimum wage.

    “We also request that government sets up a shelter to house Ugandans in distress as well as setting aside a few tickets every month that can be used to repatriate Ugandans stranded in the foreign country,” she added.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Mobilise Rich People To Invest In Uganda – Museveni Woos UAE Investors…

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    President Museveni told investors in United Arab Emirates (UAE) that Uganda is one of the best destinations for investment in the world.

    Museveni said this on Saturday evening during a meeting with different prospective investors from different organizations at St.Regis Hotel in Abudhabi, UAE.

    “You can mobilise the rich people to come and invest in Uganda mainly in the sectors of steel production, fertilizers, energy and agro-processing,” he said.

    “We have the raw materials which makes it cheaper for production,” he added.

    The First Chairman of the Board of Directors, Abu Dhabi Chamber of  Commerce, Dr. Ali Saeed Bin Aarmal also revealed that they have a factory already in Uganda that exports fruits, vegetables and fish among other products to the United Arab Emirates.

    The Chamber of Commerce coordinates all business people in agriculture, industries, infrastructure and service in Abu Dhabi.

    “I am here to tell you that in Uganda there potential products, and infrastructure is good and there is market,” Museveni emphasized.

    Streit Group is also currently constructing a factory for armored vehicles in Nakasongola and is expected to start its operations in November this year.

    The President said apart from the 42 million Ugandans, there is a market for the 1.4billion Africans where one can sell their products if they chose to invest in Uganda.

    “Then you have the market of USA, European Union and china where we were allowed to sell our products,” he added.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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