13th November , 2023 , Hits: 541
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) calls upon the public to be vigilant following reports of individuals masquerading as UNBS staff, conducting unauthorized weighing scale verifications in different parts of the country and extorting money from the unsuspecting public.
Following investigations by Police on behalf of UNBS, three (3) Senior Mechanics: Wagoba Akim, Kaala David and Kirya Charles belonging to Eastern United Scale Repairers Limited, together with two (2) trainees Ateru James and Mundu Ali, who were masquerading as UNBS inspectors were arrested.
The suspects who were allegedly conducting illegal activities in Kaabong, Moroto and Kotido Towns in Eastern Uganda were presented before the Standards and Utilities Court on 26th October 2023 and remanded to Luzira prison for further hearing of their case.
During the court hearing on 2nd November 2023, the suspects were charged with six counts;
Kaala David, Kiirya Charles, Mundu Ali and Ateru James pleaded guilty to all the charges and were remanded to Luzira prison until Monday 6th November 2023 when prosecution was expected to present the brief facts, while Waboga Akim pleaded not guilty.
On 6th November 2023, the convicts were sentenced to pay a fine of One million nine hundred eighty thousand shillings (Ugx. 1,980,000) each or in default serve an imprisonment term of twelve months.
Hearing of the matter against Waboga Akim who pleaded not guilty is expected to continue.
UNBS is responsible for verification and stamping of weighing equipment in line with the Weights and Measures Act Cap 103 and licenses mechanics in line with its mandate of ensuring fairness in trade and precision in industry through reliable measurement systems.
UNBS encourages the business community to be alert and ensure that;
UNBS urges the public to desist from masquerading UNBS staff and report any suspicious activity to UNBS using Toll free lines: 0800133133 / 0800233233 and WhatsApp line 0713227580 for more information.
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing standards n protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and substandard products, and ensuring fairness in trade and precision in industry through reliable measurement systems.
For more information, please contact:
Principal Public Relations Officer,
Uganda National Bureau of Standards,
Bweyogerere Industrial Park,
Plot 2 - 12, Kyaliwajala Road,
P.O Box 6329 Kampala, Uganda.
Mobile Tel: 0703196903
Office Tel: 256 417 333250/ Toll Free Line: 0800133133/0800233233