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December 20th, 2008

Uganda: Museveni Urges Science Journalists to Plug Knowledge Gap

Abstract:
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has called on the country's journalists to do more to ensure that scientific research findings reach the public.

"Right now, money and effort are wasted in Africa because only yesterday's science can filter through to us," Museveni said in a speech delivered at the start of the Uganda Conference for Science Communication.

In his speech, delivered by minister for information and communications technology (ICT) Ham-Mukasa Mulira, he said there was a need to ignite debate about science "so that society as a whole is informed".

"Discussion of all aspects of [science] development has to satisfy all concerns raised by the public," he said.

"There is need to develop enough science communication capacity of our own which can easily explain new concepts early enough to make sense to our needs," he said.

Museveni noted the biotechnology debate, which has "gone on for a very long time while other parts of the world have moved to other technologies like nanotechnology".

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