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CABINET APPROVES THE SALE OF GOODS AND SUPPLY OF SERVICES BILL, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT ON CABINET DECISIONS

The sale of Goods Act, Cap 82 which now applies in Uganda sets forth the legal framework for the sale of goods between a buyer and a seller. The Sale of Goods Act is largely a reproduction of the Sale of Goods Act, 1893 of the United Kingdom, which was received in Uganda under the Uganda Order in Council, 1902, which made applicable to Uganda Statutes of General Application in force on 2nd August, 1902 in the United Kingdom.
The sale of Goods Act, Cap, 82 came into force on 1st January, 1932 by the virtue of Ordinance No. 28 of 1930 and was codified verbatim in Chapter 79 of the Laws of Uganda of 1964. Whereas the English Act has been developed with major changes over time, the Uganda Act has remained static. Particular developments include provision for the supply of services under English law, which is not reflected in the Ugandan law.
The Government of Uganda has committed itself to revising the commercial laws of Uganda, in order to support private sector development and to encourage private investment.
It has been felt in view of the foregoing defects that new legislation is required to replace inter alia, the existing Sale of Goods Act and to remedy identified defects in the existing law. In particular, there is need to provide for a law regulating contracts on the supply of services.
The main object of the Bill is to provide for the formation of contracts, the effect of a contract, the performance of contracts, the remedies of parties in a contract and also to reform and replace the existing sale of Goods Act, Cap.82 and for related matters on sale of goods and supply of services.
Cabinet therefore approved the Sale of Goods NA D Supply of Services Bill, 2015.
It Authorized the Minister of Trade, Industry and cooperatives to have the Bill Printed, gazette and introduced in Parliament for debate and enactment.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

Jim K Muhwezi MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE