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.