FOUR officials of Gulu University who appeared before the public accounts committee chaired by Nandala Mafabi were detained at Parliament after failing to produce documents that authorised them to buy a generator at sh132m.
This week, activity in Parliament started with the NRM MPs unanimously agreeing to support the highly contested Land Bill 2007. The caucus argued that it is the only solution to stop rampant land evictions. The MPs, however, maintained that despite their support, there were a few sections that needed to be looked into. They also urged the Buganda MPs to meet the lands minister to agree on some controversial clauses before the Bill is presented to the House.
Gulu university officials held over Fraud Meanwhile, four officials of Gulu University who appeared before the public accounts committee chaired by Nandala Mafabi were detained at Parliament after failing to produce documents that authorised them to buy a generator at sh132m. Okoth Ogola (university secretary), Kenneth Akena (bursar), Vincent Ojwiya (assistant bursar) and Paul Bayo (internal auditor) were only released after recording statements. The MPs also querried the accounting system of the university and recommended that the institution gets a professional accountant.
MPs want Marijuana, cannabis legalised
The Matheniko county MP, Abura Pirir, amused his colleagues on the defence and internal affairs committee when he suggested that mayirungi (cannabis) and marijuana be legalised.
The committee, however, ruled him out of order and there was more drama when the vice-chairman, Latif Ssebagala, said Pirir was under the influence of the same drugs they were trying to ban. MPs and journalists were left in laughter when Dennis Lee Onguzu from Maracha warned of unrest in the West Nile region should the growing of mayirungi and marijuana be banned.
MPs discuss Kigongoâ€™s emoluments
A proposal to pay Moses Kigongo, the former chairperson of the National Resistance Council (NRC), benefits of a former vice-president also sparked off a heated argument. MPs were debating a report of the presidential affairs committee on the emoluments and benefits of the President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister Bill.
The committee had recommended that Kigongo also be awarded the benefits, saying his position as NRC chairperson between 1986 and 1995 was equivalent to the position of Vice-President under the 1995 Constitution.
Buganda road tennants may not purchase flats
The plight of the Buganda Road flats sitting tenants is not yet over. MPs had earlier recommended that the National housing and construction company sells to the tenants.
However, during the debate, the MPs failed to agree on whether they had the mandate to compel National Housing to act in a particular manner because it is owned by the governments of Uganda and Libya. It was resolved that the committee first sorts out the legal issues involved with the attorney general.
Gulu University officials in sh130m scam