Uganda’s president rejects GMO safety bill for second time—will it pass without his signature?

| August 29, 2019
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for the second time declined to sign a controversial genetic engineering regulatory bill into law citing safety and security concerns.

Museveni sent the bill back to parliament with new proposed amendments and asked lawmakers to take a closer look at some of the issues that concern him.

The president said in a letter that lawmakers should review the use of poisonous and dangerous viruses and bacteria, use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) materials and seeds, benefits sharing between the breeder, innovator and indigenous community, among others.

Although the Constitution provides for the bill to be passed into law if the president returns it for the second time, [Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda] noted that Museveni raises important issues that may require reconsideration.

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“I will be giving this (Museveni) letter to the committee (science, technology and innovation) to look at it again, together with the bill,” said Kadaga.

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