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NSSF probe report ready on Wednesday

By Vision Reporter

Added 12th October 2008 03:00 AM

THE much-anticipated National Social Security Fund (NSSF) probe report will be ready earliest on Wednesday. The committee retreated to Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel in Entebbe over the weekend and has since been discussing the draft report.

By Milton Olupot

THE much-anticipated National Social Security Fund (NSSF) probe report will be ready earliest on Wednesday.

The committee, chaired by Johnson Malinga (Independent), retreated to Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel in Entebbe over the weekend and has since been discussing the draft report.

A source at the retreat yesterday said a sub-committee yesterday morning presented its report to the committee, which will sit in a plenary session today to discuss it.

The sub-committee is comprised of Malinga, vice-chairman Abdu Katuntu (FDC), Stephen Tashobya (NRM), Fred Gyabi Bukeni (NRM) and Pereza Ahabwe (NRM).

Substantive discussions on the report started yesterday and the committe is expected to start writing the recommendations this morning.

“Wednesday is the earliest we expect to have the report ready. We are moving on well and there is total consensus on the procedure of our work,” the source said last evening. It added that the report will quote the witnesses verbatim to avoid doubt.

According to Malinga, they expect to present the report to the House immediately when it resumes business. Parliament is currently on a short break and is expected to re-convene tomorrow.

The committee is investigating the purchase of land by NSSF from city businessman Amos Nzeyi and Arma Limited, a firm linked to security minister and NRM secretary general Amama Mbabazi.

NSSF bought the 463 acres of land in Temangalo, about one quarter of which belonged to Mbabazi, at sh24m per acre, totalling to about sh11b.

The committee has to establish whether there was political influence, whether there was conflict of interest on the side of Mbabazi, whether there was value for money and if the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) procedures were followed.

Another source at the retreat yesterday said the committee was briefed about President Yoweri Museveni’s meeting with the NRM members of the committee on Friday night. “They took it in good faith, saying it was well intentioned and not meant to bias the MPs,” the source said.

The President reportedly urged them to practice impartiality and fairness in their resolutions.

The committee consists of 20 members, 14 of the ruling NRM, four of the opposition FDC and two independent. NRM MPs are deeply divided over the issue, with one section, led by former health minister Jim Muhwezi, calling for the resignation of Mbabazi.

John Odit (UPC) was earlier sacked as chairperson of the committee, purportedly for travelling with the President without informing the committee. Odit and UPC have contested his sacking, arguing that procedures were not followed.

NSSF probe report ready on Wednesday

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