On Tuesday morning, the Mbarara North Division legislator, Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari appeared before the committee chaired by the Nakawa West legislator, Joel Ssenyonyi as one of the beneficiaries of the URC land. Tasked to show proof of purchase, Rukaari said that he used a bank draft, which was not receipted.
Although Uganda Railways was meant to get 69.5 billion shillings for the 57 acres of land, 10 years later the Privatisation Unit has not yet succeeded to get this money which the owner -URC- desperately needs.
The bill also streamlined the supervision of the 15 trillion shilling fund between the Ministries of Gender and of Finance. The workers, government, and the Gender committee agreed to have the Ministry of Gender supervise the social security aspect, while the Ministry of Finance will be in charge of the finance and investment aspects.
The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authority and State Enterprise -COSASE chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi the Nakawa West MP is probing into the sale and giveaway of several estates belonging to the Uganda Railways Corporation -URC.
Of this, at least 1.3 trillion Shillings was already spent within the 3 per cent legal limit which the government can spend and seek approval later from Parliament, while 2.4 trillion Shillings is for prior approval by Parliament.
Delivering a statement on the bomb blasts to Members of Parliament on Thursday, Nabbanja said that Government will organize compassionate assistance to the families of the bereaved families and the survivors.
At the spot of the bomb blast, between the IPS building and Queens Chambers, everything remains intact including the wreckage of the five cars that got burnt and motorcycles lying on the ground. The newspaper stands and tree branches have all been preserved.
The IPS building where the blast occurred, is strategically located next to Parliament, Queens Chambers-where MPs offices are located, City Hall, The Office of the Inspector General of Government, the Ministry of ICT, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Uganda Prisons Headquarters, among others.
The committee was meeting energy and soft drink producers who were tasked to explain misleading advertisements about the capacity of their products to arouse sexual enhancement, heal diseases like cancer, pressure and diabetes among others.
Sarah Nambasa the URC corporation Secretary was tasked to explain how the 57 acres of land was given to 10 investors including Janet Kobusingye the owner of Mestil Hotel, Charles Kimera, Islamic University, House of Dawda, CTM Uganda Limited, Access Uganda Limited and Yas Company.
After the presentation of the Bill, Deputy Speaker Among postponed the debate saying members should first read the report before the debate. Although the matter appeared on the order paper for subsequent days, it never came up for debate until today, when it was listed as business to follow.
A team of URC officials led by Managing Director Stanley Sendegeya told the committee that they had initially planned to procure six-year-old locomotives at 36 billion Shillings but they ended up procuring four eight-year-old locomotives at 48 billion shillings.