National
MPs turn away NFA officials over late comingPublish Date: Apr 17, 2014
MPs turn away NFA officials over late coming
  • mail
  • img
Bungokho South MP, Michael Werikhe adjourned the meeting to Tuesday next week.
newvision

By Umaru Kashaka

There was a mild drama in the natural resources committee of parliament on Thursday after the National Forestry Authority (NFA) executive director, Michael Mugisha and his team were ordered to go back for late comming.

Legislators led by the committee chairperson the  Bungokho South MP, Michael Werikhe, argued that there was no way they could go ahead with the meeting when it’s already plenary time (12:40pm).

“No! We are not going to meet today because surely we are time bad. We have another meeting from here and there is plenary also. So I adjourn the meeting to Tuesday next week,” Werikhe ruled amid pleas from the officials.

Mugisha, who had arrived before mid-day but went back to pick his documents including his written responses, resurfaced at about 12: 40pm looking tired.

He had pleaded for at least 10 minutes to give highlights of his statement.

“I’m so sorry I have arrived late, but please give me a few minutes to address some of your concerns. The issue of forests is very important,” he implored vainly.

Some visibly perturbed committee members wondered how the NFA boss and his team could forget the statement they were to present to them, noting that they only wanted to buy time to finalize their statement.

“Let them go back. How can you go in the garden to dig without the hoe? They knew very well that they were coming here, but how they left the documents behind in the first place beats my understanding,” one legislator wondered.

The MPs had earlier on interfaced with officials from the National Environment Management Authority over their budget framework paper for the next financial year.

The NFA officials were expected to provide responses to the issues raised by the committee on the national budget framework paper for financial year 2014/15.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kyambogo admits 12,000 private students
KYAMBOGO University has admitted over 12,000 students under the private sponsorship scheme. This is on top of the 900 students the university admitted under the government sponsorship...
KCCA receives multi-media tracking system
Chinese Telecommunications Solutions Company, Huawei Technologies Company Ltd, has donated a multi-media tracking system to Kampala Capital City Authority....
Cassava to replace matooke as Uganda
CASSAVA will soon be Uganda’s staple food replacing matooke according to scientists...
Judiciary commended for fight against corruption
THE Anti-corruption Court mid this month convicted Kashaka to 10 years and 10 days in imprisonment for causing a sh4b financial loss to government...
Prove you
A top Muslim cleric has challenged Uganda’s political leaders to prove that they are better than Idi Amin - Uganda’s former President who was ousted in 1979...
Farmers collect signatures to have agric taxes dropped
Over 100 farmers have launched a a campaign to collect 1 million signatures to petition the Speaker of Parliament to news taxes imposed on agricultural inputs...
Should voters be given poer to recall their MPs?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter