Pastor Kakande On The Spot Over Sand Mining Activities

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In short
The committee, which last month made on-site visits to Lwera, Kalungu district to investigate reports of mass sand mining, established that Aqua World Uganda Limited, a company owned by Pastor Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations in Mulago, has been illegally mining sand in the area.

Parliament's Natural Resources committee has summoned city pastor, Samuel Kakande over allegations of illegal sand mining in Kalungu district.

The committee, which last month made on-site visits to Lwera, Kalungu district to investigate reports of mass sand mining, established that Aqua World Uganda Limited, a company owned by Pastor Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations in Mulago, has been illegally mining sand in the area.
 
The MPs also found that the company, which was initially granted a cage fish farming permit by National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in 2014, is also using the area to grow rice.
 
The legislators were bitter with Bernard Mutyaba and veteran politician Joash Mayanja Nkangi, both members of Kakande's legal team, after they failed to give adequate information on the irregular activities on the land.
 
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The MPs were amused after Nkangi, on being questioned about the other directors of the company, switched from English to Luganda and named Pastor Kakande's wife as one of them, but said she may not be knowledgeable of the activities.
 
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The MPs observed that it was pointless for the committee to engage the director and lawyer and instead resolved that Pastor Kakande appears before them on Friday to explain the matter.
 
MPs Kefa Kiwanuka for Kiboga East MP, Florence Namayanja for Bukoto East and David Mutebi for Buikwe South MP demanded that Kakande, being the owner of the company, should explain how his license changed from cage fish farming to sand mining.
 
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In March 2014, Masaka district halted Kakande's company from carrying out developments in a wetland in the district over lack of valid documents to conduct fish farming.

 

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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.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.