MPs Divided Over Petition On Sand Mining

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Michael Mulaggusi Mulo, a resident of Buyanga, Lwera in Mpigi district, petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, complaining that several companies engaged in illegal sand mining have encroached on his land.

Parliament's committee on Natural Resources was this afternoon sharply divided over a petition by a land owner protesting encroachment on his land.

Michael Mulaggusi Mulo, a resident of Buyanga, Lwera in Mpigi district, petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, complaining that several companies engaged in illegal sand mining have encroached on his land.
 
Mulaggusi appeared before the committee today. Committee vice chairman, Keefa Kiwanuka revealed that though Mulaggusi has already sued some of the encroachers, whom he did not name, it would be fair to listen to him first.
 
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In spite of pleas from Kabale Municipality MP Andrew Aja Baryayanga to other legislators to listen to the petitioner, Charles Ngabirano for Rwampara County and Florence Namayanja for Bukoto East declined. The duo claimed that the manner in which the petition was brought into the committee was irregular.
 
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The Clerk, Denis Opot was tasked to explain how Mulaggusi was invited to the committee yet the Speaker's office did not indicate that his petition had been referred to the committee for scrutiny.
 
The MPs also pointed out that the petitioner had not appended his signature on the document, while the Speaker's office had not acknowledged receipt.
 
The committee later agreed to seek counsel from the Speaker and wait for a decision on how to proceed, as Dr. Kiwanuka explains.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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