War erupts between UNBS and clearing agents

Uganda National Bureau of Standards

A feud has broken out between the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) the body concerned with certifying goods in Uganda with a clearing company known Frerich Forwarders Uganda.

UNBS accuses these of failure to present goods for verification on two occasions last year, something that breaches the law under the Uganda National Bureau Standards (UNBS) Act.

However Mr Frederick Kasoma, a director at this company denied the allegations in which he is accused of failure to avail imported consignments for inspection in violation of the law.

Mr Frederick Kasoma turned up for a sitting presided over by Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Miriam Okello on allegations of breaching the Uganda National Bureau Standards (UNBS) Act.

He however denied all the charges and was acquitted on cash bail of Shs1m after he presented sureties as a guarantee of not skipping bail

Mr Kasoma and his accomplices in August 2020 at Good Brothers International ICD in Namanve, Mukono District, being a clearing agent, contracted by Peninah Josie, failed to avail consignments registered on customs for physical verification by the standard agency – UNBS Import Inspection Department, according to the charge sheet.

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Prosecution went ahead to argue that the accused on another instance failed to present a consignment registered on customs entry at Kampala Modernity ICD in Namanve in the very month.

This was after being contracted by Al-siddique Motors, Makki Investments and Unique Auto Traders.

The accused are anticipated to head back to  court on June 11 for mention of the charges.

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