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  • Uganda's scientists 'too old to be innovative'

The head of one of Uganda’s leading research organisations has complained that most of the country’s scientists are too old to be truly innovative, according to a report in the Kampala-based newspaper The Monitor.

In a talk at Uganda's Forestry Research Institute, Professor Joseph Mukiibi, director-general of the National Agricultural Research Organisation, is said to have called on the Ugandan government to lift the ban on civil service recruitment — in force since 1990 — and to employ more young scientists and engineers.

Mukiibi said that his own organisation was experiencing a generation gap due to the lack of young scientists.

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