(Xinhua) -- Ethiopia’s Prime Minister
Abiy Ahmed will on Friday make a two-day state visit to Uganda
where he will be awarded a medal of honor, said a statement on
A Ugandan State House statement said Abiy
will be awarded The Pearl of Africa Grand Master medal at a
function where Ugandan heroes will be celebrated on Saturday.
The medal is awarded to heads of state who have made a
contribution towards the independence struggle of Africa.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Equatorial Guinea’s leader
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo are some of the African leaders to
whom Uganda has given the medal.
During Abiy’s visit, he is also expected to hold a meeting
with host President Yoweri Museveni aimed at boosting the
Ugandan president directs
implementation of ban on polythene bags
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has directed
that the law that bans importation or manufacture of polythene
bags be implemented after it was suspended three years ago.
Museveni’s directive came as the world commemorated World
Environment Day on Tuesday.
"The continued manufacture of banned products must stop,"
said Museveni in a statement read by Sam Cheptoris, minister for
water and environment at celebrations held in the eastern
district of Mbale.
"Banning the manufacture, distribution, sale and use is
encompassing of the different promoters of these products. This
law has not been repealed and should be enforced," he said.
The directive comes about three years after government,
Uganda Manufactures Association and Kampala City Traders
Association reached an agreement to suspend the ban on the
manufacture and use of the environmentally hazardous product in
The manufacturers and traders argued that the ban, in the
absence of alternatives, disadvantage shoppers, reduce jobs as
industries scale down production and contract tax revenue.
The parties agreed to carry out more research and find
alternatives for over 40 companies manufacturing polythene bags
in the country.
There have been divided opinions in the country following the
government’s proposal to prohibit and impose a total ban on the
manufacture and importation of plastic bags, second hand
refrigerators and computers.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) said the
"the economic, health and social costs of the continued use of
polythene bags outweighs the economic benefits derived from the
production of bags and its cost is reflected in the increasing
cost of malaria, reduced agricultural productivity and
Approximately 39,600 tons of polythene waste is released into
the environment and most of it accumulates in the soil each year
in Uganda, according to NEMA.
Government has advised manufacturers of plastic bags in the
country to adopt new technologies of making biodegradable bags.