UNBS To Crack Whip On Unsafe Bottled Water Sellers

The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, viagra renewing collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, price United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Ban was alongside the UN General Assembly President, page Sam Kutesa and Eugène-Richard Gasana, Ambassador of Rwanda and Minister in Charge of Cooperation during the commemoration of the 21st Rwanda Genocide Memorial Ceremony at UN Headquarters.

The event was organized by the UN Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations.

“Our annual sombre observance is all the more meaningful this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the Day, which honours the memory of the more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – systematically killed across Rwanda in less than three months just over two decades ago.

It is also an occasion to recognize the pain and the courage of those who survived.

Mr. Ban stressed that many countries today face grave security threats, with people being subjected to the brutality of violent conflicts and the indignities of poverty.

He said discrimination persists in societies torn apart by war, as well as in democracies that largely enjoy peace.

Hatred may manifest as institutionalized racism, ethnic strife, or episodes of intolerance or exclusion, said Ban, adding, in other instances, discrimination reflects the official, national version of history that denies the identity of some segments of the population.


“I deplore the conflicts and atrocity crimes in many parts of the world that continue to divide communities, killing and displacing people, undermining economies and destroying cultural heritage,” declared the Secretary-General, emphasizing that the international community’s first duty is always to prevent these situations and to protect vulnerable human beings in distress.

Kagame warns genocidaires

Delivering his speech at the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, President Kagame described Rwanda today as a nation transformed for the better:

“To those who teach us freedom, democracy and human rights while protecting those who killed one million of our people, we say to you: Rwanda has changed for good and forever.”

“We are a people who stand up for our right and give ourselves dignity. No one else will fight for our right to live,” President Kagame added.

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame lit the flame of remembrance laid a wreath in honor of over one million lives lost in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

President Kagame described commemoration as an opportunity to look back on a past that has strengthened Rwandans:

“Our past has given us the unprecedented strength to face our challenges. We cannot give up or let anything stand in our way. To do so would be to dishonor the lives we honor here today.”

President Kagame condemned those who continue to turn a blind eye on genocide suspects both in the region and internationally:

“The whole world rose to fight against M23 but continues to ignore génocidaires who have been in DRC for 21 years. Some even continue to accord VIP status to genocide suspects, supporting them in their plans against Rwanda and seeking political legitimacy for them.  This means that people we are remembering today, the hundred of thousand buried here, the cause of their death could be having legitimate political reasons.”

On his part, Mr Ban said, “My Human Rights Up Front initiative seeks to prevent serious human rights violations by acting on early warning signs before they become more serious.”

He said his Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect work to advance national and international efforts to protect populations from atrocity crimes.
The executive Director, health Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Dr. Ben Manyindo has promised to crack whip on producers of uncertified bottled water that are currently mushrooming mostly in Kampala city taxi parks.

Manyindo said yesterday that UNBS had noted an increased production and circulation of fake and uncertified bottled water mostly circulated by street vendors and hawkers.

Manyindo appealed to the consumers to avoid taking water and other products that don’t bear the UNBS logo, patient noting that these might be very dangerous to their health.

“We call upon the public to be vigilant and report to us those producing and selling water that doesn’t hold the UNBS logo, ” Manyindo told journalists at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

“Any locally made item that is currently in the market should be immediately withdrawn or else if found, the culprits will face the arm of the law,” ordered Manyindo.

He further called upon all farmers to take heed of aflatoxins which is mostly caused by drying up foods on bare ground especially cassava and sweet potatoes.

Aflatoxins is molds growth, which when taken into the body, may cause long term ailments including stunted growth and cancer.”

“We implore the farmers, producers and business men to come up with new methods of drying up food without putting it on bare ground to avoid the fungal problem.”

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