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By Khasacha Mwene

The Minster of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambbade, in consultation with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and National Standards Council (NSC) has appointed David Livingstone Ebiru as the fourth Executive Director of the standards agency effective May 11, 2021. Ebiru now replaces Eng. Dr. Ben Manyindo who served as UNBS Executive Director from October 12, 2012.

Ebiru holds a 1st Class Master of Commerce (M.COM) Degree majoring in Financial Management from Osmania University, Hyderabad in India and an Upper 2nd Class Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Makerere University, Kampala. He has also undertaken a number of Professional and Competence based trainings with abundant skills mix in various fields, including Finance and Accounting, Public Sector Management, Governance and Risk Management, among others.

Ebiru has diverse working experience and management exposure spanning over 15 years in senior management positions, eight of which he has served as the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Management and Financial Services at UNBS. Prior to this appointed, Ebiru has been serving as the Acting Executive Director at the Bureau for the past six months from November 1, 2020.

“The National Standards Council, Management and Staff congratulates and welcomes Mr. David Livingstone Ebiru as its 4th Executive Director and looks forward to his dedicated service and stewardship of the Bureau’s Strategic Agenda during his term in Office,” reads a statement released by the Bureau on May 11, 2021.

Manyindo joined UNBS in 1998, rising to the level of Deputy Executive Director (Technical); having previously worked at Makerere University and Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo. He is a first class graduate of Makerere University Faculty of Technology and a PhD holder from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

He is a registered Mechanical/Industrial Engineer with over 30 years working experience in teaching, research, consultancy and standards of which 14 years has been spent in the area of standardisation at national, regional and international levels. At international level he served on the Executive Committee of FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission and for three years was elected to the post of Vice Chairperson.

The UNBS is a statutory body committed to the performance of its mandate of ensuring fairness in trade and precision in industry through reliable measurement systems; and developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at




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