Uncertainty looms on future scrap metal legislation

first_imgAlthough the legislation to monitor the trade of scrap metal is said to be in its final stage before passage and implementation, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who holds responsibility for the sector, said he was still not sure when the bill would be presented to the National Assembly.Gaskin made the disclosure during an exclusive interview recently conducted on the sidelines of an event.According to the Business Minister, the legislation is still with Attorney GeneralBusiness Minister Dominic GaskinBasil Williams’ Chambers.“The legislation as I mentioned a few months ago has been approved by Cabinet (so) it’s with the Attorney General Chambers. It is a complete piece of legislation; it’s not just a few amendments so it does take a little more time than normal amendments,” Gaskin informed.He went on to explain that the document was supposed to be brought to the National Assembly last December, but was further postponed owing to other matters which took precedence.Gaskin said, “The Budget and all the enabling amendments that had to be passed around the same time, I think those took priority, so I can’t tell you exactly when it will be passed, but I do know it’s in the final stages of conclusion in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.”Although he said the document was in its final stage, the Minister was unable to say when it would be presented in the National Assembly.He would only say that limited resumption of the scrap metal trade continues to rid storehouses of the materials.Last December, during the second day of consideration of the 2019 Budget estimates when Gaskin was questioned about allocations to various agencies under the Ministry, he informed that the legislation to govern the scrap metal trade would be presented this year.In June 2018, he had said that the new legislation was taken to the Cabinet and approved at that level. The next step, he had noted, would have been to approach the National Assembly.Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.In April 2018, after several months of delays, Government decided to reopen the trade to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the full resumption of the trade had not been announced, Gaskin had told Guyana Times that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumed, creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it was working and would also help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired by exporters and dealers’ yards.It was after a forensic audit conducted by the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) that Government had moved responsibility for the scrap metal trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to the Business Ministry.last_img read more


Nyamityobora strike late to win Ankole derby

first_img Tags: Mbarara CityNyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Nyamityobora have collected three points from their first four games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNyamityobora 2-1 Mbarara CityMutessa II War Memorial StadiumWednesday, 24-10-2018WANKULUKUKU – Nyamityobora came from behind to defeat Mbarara City 2-1 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday.In the game played at Wankulukuku,Hilary Mukundane headed the Ankole Lions in front at the stroke of half-time but the home side responded with two second half strikes of their own from substitutes Joseph Akwandanaho and Charles Kiggundu of to win the Mbarara derby and in process, register their first points of the season.Mbarara started strongly asking all the questions and in the process getting the first corner of the game which yielded nothing.The first notable attempt on goal came on three minutes, when Zaidi Byekwaso crossed in for Odit Ibrahim who headed straight at Jomi Hillary in Nyamityobora’s goal.Mbarara was forced into an early substitution as Ivan Eyam was stretchered off with a knee injury and replaced with Steven Kabuye.Nyamityobora’s first worthy chance came on 27 minutes when Dada Juma crossed in from the right, Patrick Gonahasa headed towards goal and Lameck put it in the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.The home side looked to have grown into the game and Dada was at it again, sending a low cross into the area but Gonahasa shot tamely straight at Ali Kimera in Mbarara’s goal.Mbarara’s marquee signing Paul Mucureezi got a chance to put his side one up in the 36th minute but his free-kick was saved excellently by Jomi.Like Mbarara earlier, Nyamityobora were also forced into a substitution before the break as Joseph Akandanwaho replaced the injured John Wesley Kisakye.At the stroke of half-time, Mbarara took the lead through Hilary Mukundane who headed Mucureezi’s well taken free-kick kick into the bottom right corner. It was the last action of the half and referee Brian Nsubuga blew for the mandatory rest.In an attempt to chase the game, James Odoch introduced forward Misiige Charles for midfielder Kiggundu Derrick at the start of the second half.After a slow start to the second half, Muhammad Rashid was booked for time wasting on 53 minutes and straight after, Livingstone Mbabazi brought on team captain Kutego Alishe in place of Umari Mbusa to try and see out the 1-0 lead.As Mbarara attempted to slow down the game, Mucureezi was also booked by Nsubuga for time wasting.Odit had a chance to make it 2-0 on 64 minutes but could only head wide Jasper Ahebwa’s inch perfect cross while unmarked in the area.Ten minutes later, substitute Kiggundu made Odit pay for his missed chance as he connected brilliantly with Steven Kabuye’s cross to tap in past Kimera for 1-1.On 78 minutes, Karim Ndugwa raced through on Nyamityobora’s goal but decided to play in Mucureezi while one on one with Jomi and somehow the home side managed to clear their lines.As Mbarara upped it, Alishe blasted over from close range after he was teed up by Odit with nine minutes to play.With the game headed for a draw, Nyamityobora caught Livingstone Mbabazi’s side on the break and Akandwanaho found himself in acres of space, he unleashed a fierce drive into the top right corner to put the home side 2-1 up on 89 minutes.Despite a late surge by Mbarara to score an equalizer, Nyamityobora held on to a first victory of the season.The three points lift Nyamityobora off the bottom into 14th place while Mbarara slip to 7th on the log with six points from four games.The other results from Wednesday’s games:-SC Villa 1-3 Vipers SC-Maroons FC 1-1 URA FC-Ndejje University FC 1-2 Police FCComments last_img read more