Relevance of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards Act (UNBS Act) As a Consumer Protection Mechanism

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Kampala International University, bachelors degree of laws
This research is investigating the extent of the UNBS Act in the protection of consumer rights in Uganda. Due to the various abuses of the rights of the consumer in Uganda, there is nowhere to run for remedy. This is because despite concerted efforts to have a law in place to protect Ugandan consumers in the last ten years, the government is yet to give it the attention it deserves probably because of its investor-centric approach to commercial issues. The fate of consumers in Uganda is similar to those in many countries if a survey released on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15, 2013) is to be believed. A survey of consumer protection legislation conducted by Consumers International (CI) in 58 countries has revealed a concerning lack of government attention with regard to consumer rights. According to Consumer International, consumers rights include; the right to· derive satisfaction from the product consumed, the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose, and the right to be heard and to seek redress (if aggrieved) as well as the right to be educated about a product before consumption. However, these rights are often trampled upon, partly because of a lack of policy and the appropriate legal framework. This research therefore investigated on the various provisions related to consumer protection and most especially the UNBS Act and still finds that the government needs to create proper consumer protection legislation.
A Research Report Submitted To The School Of Law In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirement For The Award Of The Degree Of Bachelor In Laws Of Kampala International University
Uganda National Bureau of Standards Act (UNBS Act), Consumer Protection Mechanism