National
MPs want ban on used computers upheld
Publish Date: May 15, 2014
MPs want ban on used computers upheld
Primary school students during a computer lessons class. The ban on used computers was meant to combat electronic pollution and dumping but it was also done at a time when dumping was at its peak.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Umaru Kashaka

THE Parliamentary committee on budgeting has asked Government to uphold the ban on the importation of used computers to stop the country from being used as a dumping ground.

The MPs on Thursday noted that its earlier recommendation on used computers had not been adhered to and they are still being imported, packaged and disguised as new ones in order to exploit the unsuspecting consumers.

They fear that as an environmental policy to handle electronic waste is put in place, Uganda’s ban on used computers may soon be declared over after more than three years.

“With the evolution of technology, importing second hand computers only serves the purpose of making Uganda a dumping ground,” said the Bunya County West MP, Vincent Bagiire.

Legislators also stressed that since technology is fast changing to mobile handsets and second hand computers will only be a serious environmental hazard to the country.

“We have a duty to protect our environment and we cannot relax on this front. Let’s maintain the ban to safeguard our environment or else we shall pay a heavy price in the near future,” the Agago County MP Amos Okot warned.

However, other MPs like Hassan Fungaroo (Obongi County) and Florence Namayanja (Bukoto East) are of the opinion that the Government is better off creating an e-waste facility similar to the one in Kenya, rather than banning used computers altogether.

“We still need them because not many Ugandans can afford brand new computers. May be let’s limit the age and say if they are more than fifteen years old they shouldn’t be imported and also issue tough penalties on them,” Fungaroo suggested.

Announced in the 2009/2010 budget, the ban on used computers was meant to combat electronic pollution and dumping but it was also done at a time when dumping was at its peak.

Leonah Mbonimpa, the NITA-U spokesperson said in light of the concerns (for banning and lifting the ban) they are conducting a comprehensive impact assessment survey on the ban.

She said the output and recommendations from this study shall guide policy as well as decision makers on whether to lift or to maintain the ban.

“The study is also aimed at coming-up with recommendations of best practices in the management of e-waste in the Country, whether the ban is lifted or maintained in line with the Electronic Waste Management Policy for Uganda 2012,” she told New Vision.

NITA-U had also indicated that it would provide standards of used computers that can be imported into Uganda.

It reportedly said the standards will spell out the year of manufacture, the type of technology used, inputs like Bluetooth, wireless; but importers would also have to show how they will dispose of any generated e-waste.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Minister warns civil servants over pension scam
Civil servants working in the ministry of Public Service have been warned against pension scam that it should not happen again....
Traditional healers want to meet Museveni
Traditional healers have petitioned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga seeking her help to meet President Yoweri Museveni over their support during the 1980 Bush war....
AMISOM to leave Somalia in 2016 - envoy
The African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union would be leaving Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders...
Kadaga wants centres for public to access passed laws
THE Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has complained that the public does not get access to the laws passed by Parliament....
Tumwebaze to Byandala:  Don’t drag me into your woes
Claims by Works Minister Abraham Byandala “dragging me in the Mukono-Katosi road mess are baseless, unsubstantiated, cooked up and an attempt to divert public attention,” Minister for Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, has said....
Intensify fight against corruption - Ntagali
Church of Uganda archbishop, Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali, has challeged government to get tough in the fight against corruption, human sacrifices and human trafficking among other vices....
Will strict traffic laws reduce road accidents?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter