Eight years ago, the Ugandan government waived taxes on sugar imports to help bring under control sugar prices across the country at the time.
However, due to shipping encumbrances, a late consignment of 58,000 bags (50 KG) of plantation sugar from India was held at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) warehouse at Kakira.
With the sugar dates running out, according to correspondences seen by ChimpReports, Kakira Sugar Works (KSL)’s requested to reprocess the 58,000 bags, which permission was granted by URA on February 23rd 2015 and UNBS consented on March 2nd.
The news of the reprocessing of the expired sugar emerged recently in the news, speaking outrage.
Now, Police has been directed by parliament’s Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) to investigate UNBS boss Dr. Benon Manyindo’s role in this deal.
Yesterday, Manyindo was questioned by the committee to among others explain UNBS’ relationship with URA on this matter.
In response, he cited a Memorandum of Understanding.
“At that time URA and UNBS used to work together as far as quality issues is concerned. URA had a small section of quality assurance that used to assist their audit and used to work very closely with us” he said.
On the expiry issue, Manyindo explained that unlike other manufactured products, sugar can be re-sanitized and sold.
This however did not sit well with committee chairperson Mubarak Munyagwa who then questioned the essence of expiry dates on the sugar parks.
Wilfred Pachoto who boasts of 40 years’ experience in charge of operations says sugar that has been exposed to dire weather conditions has to be re-processed as a way of cleaning it.
After passing tests, he says, expired sugar is poured into boiling sugar cane syrup to re-emerge in proper condition.