Pastor Samuel Kakande of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Kampala has been summoned by a parliamentary committee. Pastor Kakande’s woes stem from investigations by the Natural Resources committee pinning his company, Aqua World Uganda Limited of illegal sand mining.
During the meeting between Kakande’s lawyers, Joash Mayanja-Nkangi and Bernard Mutyaba and the MPs on October 11th 2016, the legislators tasked them to explain why the company was mining sand illegally from Lwera wetland in Mpigi and Kalungu districts.
During a visit of the wetlands last month, the committee found that several companies including Aqua World were operating illegally.
Committee chairman, Alex Byarugaba noted that while the company had been granted a license for fish farming by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), it instead resorted to sand mining and rice farming. Mr. Mutyaba failed to give a satisfactory answer, when he told the MPs that the invitation to appear before the committee did not specify what they were to present.
He explained that he had been given powers of attorney, together with Mr. Nkangi to represent Pastor Kakande. However some MPs demanded that Pastor Kakande appear in person to explain the matter, since his representatives were not aware of the illegal activities.
Florence Namayanja, Bukoto East MP, said Pastor Kakande must explain why his fish farming project was diverted to illegal sand mining, without approval of NEMA.