- Trade and industry minister, Maj.Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, may not appear to be very religious, but he knows a thing or two about religion. While touring the exhibitions at Lugogo show ground recently, he was confronted with the issue of buveera, and he assured the business community that there was always a way out of every problem. â€œIn the Koran eating pork is not allowed, but in case of starvation, then you eat it.â€ Could this be the reason Otafiire has always come out of very difficult situations?
Lagada talks tough
- The fight against corruption is serious. Last week, while Parliament deliberated on corruption in the National Drug Authority which is said to allow a black listed company to supply drugs to the country, the Apac Woman MP, Beatrice Lagada, drew an example of a Chinese government official who was sentenced to life imprisonment and two businessmen to death for supplying adulterated milk to the market. â€œWhy are we lenient with these Ugandan officials? They should face the same,â€ she said as other colleagues approved.
- Serere MP, Emily Otekat, is renowned for beating up teachers caught drinking during working hours. However, while debating on the performance of the National Drug Authority, he complained about lack of regulation of the drug market. â€œIn my place, people who have not gone beyond P.4 are called â€˜doctorsâ€™ because they sell drugs,â€ he said. This prompted the Kapelebyong MP, Johnson Malinga, to inquire why Oteka could not deal with the quack doctors who are a threat to lives, unlike the teachers who cannot sell chalk. Deputy speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, ruled that Otekat should discipline the quack doctors.
Kamuntu on fire
- Ephraim Kamuntu, the finance state minister, was last week grilled by MPs about his ministryâ€™s failure to stop the National Housing Corporation from evicting tenants and increasing rent for Buganda Road and Bugolobi flats. Deputy Speaker Rebecca Kagada ordered Kamuntu to leave the house and write a letter to prove what he had done. She asked what he was going to write to which he answered, â€œSir... madam... I am going to write staying any execution on the flats,â€ he said as he dashed off.
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