Court Endorses NEMA Action against Kaveera Manufacturers

Plastic bags are considered amongst Uganda’s worst environment pollutants, as they contain toxic dyes and plasticizers that can leach into foodstuffs, thereby endangering consumer’s health

Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations – FUBA has resolved together with Kinetic Management Group (KMG) and NBL that only the LITES UP event will take place this year as opposed to FNL (Friday Night Lights).

“Following our meeting this morning between representatives of FUBA, no rx FNL, see KMG and NBL, ed it was resolved that one event will take place,” FUBA communicated after a meeting on Thursday morning.

According to an earlier statement from FUBA, “Having two competing events of the similar nature running concurrently and using the same players is not healthy for the image and brand of the game.”

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The federation has further adviced both camps that both events (FNL and LITES UP) shall be considered next year on condition that the two organizers present their schedule on time and that the events will not be happening at same period of time.

LITES UP is organized by KMG and sponsored by beer brand Castle lite while FNL are still in negotiations with a sponsor.

During the meeting on Thursday morning it was resolved that the event will tip off after all modalities have been worked out, meaning their will be no action tomorrow.

“However, we regret to inform you that we shall not have any of the events this weekend until we work out all modalities for easy management. We shall therefore communicate the final position on 29 February 2016 and the event shall thereafter take place that weekend as agreed upon by all parties.”

FUBA has also warned players and technical officials from taking part in unsanctioned events that they will be penalized in accordance to the FUBA and FIBA laws.
Uganda Plastics Manufacturers and Recyclers Association Ltd has lost a suit against the enforcement activities by National Environmental Management Aauthority (NEMA) in relation to the banned plastics commonly known as Kaveera.

On 29 January, about it the manufacturers obtained an exparte Interim Injunction restraining NEMA from arbitrarily closing their factories until a main application scheduled for 9 February, pharmacy 2016 was heard and disposed off.

The manufacturers and recyclers sought from court a declaration that NEMA’s entry and closure of factories engaged in manufacture of the same is arbitrary and illegal; a permanent injunction restraining NEMA and or its agents from closing and impounding the plastic products; and punitive and general damages for inconvenience and loss of business.

However, Kampala High Court Deputy Registrar, Alex Mackay Ajiji ruled Thursday that, “NEMA was an enforcement agency and was mandated by the Finance Act 2009 to enforce the law on plastics.”

He further said the manufacturers can only produce permitted plastics as stipulated by law.

Ajiji stated that much as arbitrary closure was a threat, for the applicants to ask court to issue an interim injunction to restrain NEMA an enforcement agency from entering the factories to enforce the law, was “asking the courts too much at that stage.”

He ordered that in the interim, NEMA should enforce the law as is and not carryout closure of factories outside the existing law.

Officials at NEMA said the law remains in force and that the body is mandated to continue with enforcements.

“For the manufacturers and recyclers, it is clear that they should abide by the law and stop manufacture and distribution of banned products. If in doubt, they should consult to avoid inconveniences,” an official told ChimpReports.

Plastic bags are considered amongst Uganda’s worst environment pollutants, as they contain toxic dyes and plasticizers that can leach into foodstuffs, thereby endangering consumer’s health.


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