MPs warn on continued delay in signing GMO bill into law

MPs warn on continued delay in signing GMO bill into law

The parliamentary committee on Science and Technology has warned that the continued delay in signing of the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, 2012 into law exposes the lives of Ugandans to serious repercussions.

Last month, the bill that seeks to provide a regulatory framework that facilitates the safe development and application of biotechnology, research, development and release of genetically modified organisms was returned to parliament by the President Museveni without signing it into law.

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But now the committee of science and technology was tasked to reconsider the bill within 14 days and give parliament a report on the 30th of this month expresses fear that the without this law Ugandans are being exposed to dangers of the unregulated genetically modified organisms.

The committee chairperson and also Nakifuma County MP Robert Kafeero Ssekitoleko explain that the having a law regulating GMOs is long overdue and its absence put the lives of Ugandans at risk.

Ssekitoleko says that members of the committee are likely to meet with the President next week to address several issues that he is not comfortable with, in the seven clauses of the bill before he signs it into law.

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