Despite being notified of the recommendations by Parliament to hold former State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza (pictured) for her role in the dubious allocation of plots of land at Nakawa-Naguru, President Museveni is yet to take a decision on the Minister’s fate.
This was revealed by Judith Nabakooba, Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Planning, Judith Nabakooba while updating Parliament on the action taken by Executive on the recommendations made by Parliament following an investigation by the Ad hoc Committee on Nakawa-Naguru land.
Parliament had recommended that Namuganza should be held accountable for abuse of office, misleading Uganda Land Commission into allocation of land to individuals and entities following presidential directives which were non-existent.
While revealing the action taken, Minister Nabakooba said, “Government noted the resolution of parliament and the appointing authority was notified of the resolution, we are still waiting for the response.”
However, Minister Nabakooba’s response was protested by Medard Ssegona (Busiro East) who shot back noting that resolutions and recommendations by Parliament aren’t intended for the Ministers but government as a whole, including the President and while the President can’t be summoned to explain action taken, the President submitted to the jurisdiction of Parliament by nominating a representative who is Prime Minister that should update lawmakers on action taken by legislature.
He said: “It isn’t acceptable at least in my humble opinion that you can simply say that we wrote to the President who is going to come back to us to send money as Finance Minister to the people we have already sanctioned. It is high time we put our feet down we assert our authority as the appropriating authority.”
The Ad hoc Committee accused Namuganza for allegedly unlawfully manipulating the allocation of plots on the Nakawa-Naguru land, when she
Overstepped her powers in directing the giveaway of the land by Uganda Land Commission to different individuals and companies, which they say was done without following the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Act.