20 staff of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) graduated on Friday after a month-long prosecution training at the Law Development Center (LDC) in Kampala.
During the tailored prosecution course, staff from the Surveillance, Legal Metrology and Imports Inspection departments underwent basic training in handling exhibits, proper protection of the chain of evidence, how to interview suspects, collection of right information that is admissible in courts of law, rights of suspects, classification of courts, and many more.
The day’s guest of honour who also doubles as the LDC director, Mr. Frank Nigel Othembi, urged the graduates not to sit-on the knowledge achieved, but actively apply it daily in the course of the work.
The UNBS Manager in charge of Legal Metrology, Ms. Leatitiah Namubiru, who represented the UNBS Executive Director Dr. Ben Manyindo, congratulated the graduates and urged them to use the knowledge and skills acquired to become prosecutors on behalf of UNBS and serve UNBS clients better.
“Law is a language society uses to define relationships, explain rights and obligations, and regulate interactions between individuals and society as a whole. 80% of UNBS employees are scientists, however, during the course of our day to day work, we meet legal aspects like arbitration, prosecution and litigation among others.” Ms. Namubiru said.
“The new knowledge, experience and skill that UNBS staff have acquired during the training will improve their competence and intellectual strength required to have a more practical approach while dealing with UNBS clients and stakeholders.” Ms. Namubiru added.
She further thanked the UNBS management for recognising training needs of its staff and meeting them.
The 20 participants were grateful for the training.
The overall best participant, Mr. Isaac Walakira from the surveillance department said the prosecution training has made him more competent for the job and would recommend every UNBS staff to undertake the course.
The second best participant, Ms. Lorna Akello from the Surveillance department said she has critically learnt how to collect information from suspects and this is a very relevant skill for her job.
The one-month tailored prosecution course is an annual training that is to be attended by every UNBS staff under the compliance directorate.