MPs To Summon AG Nyombi

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In short
AG Nyombi is wanted to answer queries related to the 12 billion shillings that was approved to be awarded to a law firm that represented former workers of Coffee Marketing Board.

Members of Parliament on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee have warned the Attorney General for constantly disregarding parliamentary summons saying it has hindered the committee’s work.

The MPs said they have delayed to compile their report on the petition by former workers of Coffee Marketing Board because the Attorney General Peter Nyombi has constantly disregarded the committee’s summons.

The committee chairman Stephen Tashobya said they are under pressure from the Parliament and that Ugandans expect their cases to be handled when they petition the House, something he says Nyombi should understand as former chairman of the committee.

Tashobya said the AG has been invited several times but has not appeared and has not given any reason to the committee explaining his absence.

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The MPs proposed that the committee give Nyombi one more chance saying his input is important for their report. Busiro South MP Medard Sseggona said the Committee has had difficulty getting the AG, but suggested that members invite him one other time before they conclude on the matter.

Ajuri County MP Denis Hamson Obua also said the Committee cannot proceed without the input of the Nyombi since Uganda Registration Services Bureau had in their submission accused the Attorney General of approving the fees that was awarded.

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But Oyam North MP Crispus Ayena said Nyombi has been given ample time to appear before the committee and clarify on the matter and suggested that the committee should summon him instead of sending ordinary invitations they have been sending him.

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Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu said it doesn’t have to be Nyombi to appear but any representative from that office. He said the committee sends summons to the office of the Attorney General not to Peter Nyombi.   

The MPs agreed to give the office of the Attorney General up to Tuesday to present their submission lest they write their report without their input.

The AG was summoned to answer queries related to the 12 billion shillings that was approved to be awarded to a law firm that represented former workers of Coffee Marketing Board, but is disputed by the liquidator, Uganda Registration Services Bureau.

The members said the Uganda Registration Services Bureau said that the fee was approved by the Attorney General and verified by the Auditor General so the former needed to clarify on how the money was reached at.

Former workers of Coffee Marketing Board sued government demanding for compensation when it was liberalised in 1992 and rendered the workers redundant.