President Yoweri Museveni has urged members of parliament to tread carefully when grilling Chinese companies that are said to be mining sand in Lwera Kalungu district.
President Museveni last Friday invited parliament’s natural resources committe to state house Entebbe with the intention of scrutinizing their work.
A committee member, John Baptist Nambeshi, Nanjiya county MP said in an interview with NTV that President Museveni asked them to be careful when investigating the Chinese firms becuase they risk soiling the relationship between Uganda and China.
“Mr Museveni said China is one the key donors of Uganda and therefore we should go slow on Chinese investors,” he said. He however insisted that the committee won’t relent.
“The job we are doing helps both the current and future generation,” he added.
Committee chairman Alex Byarugaba was however, not clear about their invite to state house.
The committee is also investigating Pastor Samuel Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations in Mulago for mining sand in Lwera and exporting it.
According to the committee, Aqua World Uganda Limited, a company owned by Pastor Kakande acquired a licence from NEMA to carry out fish farming in a space of 45 cares in Lwera.
However, Aqua world started mining sand and exporting it outside contrary to the NEMA’s licence.
The committee, which last month made on-site visits to Lwera, Kalungu district to investigate reports of mass sand mining, established that , Aqua World has been illegally mining sand.
This comes just weeks after ‘the man of God’ as his followers prefer calling him was named in an illegal guns scandal.
His deputy, pastor Johnson Muwanguzi was arrested after he was reportedly found in possession of illegal firearms.
Upon interrogation, Muwanguzi said the two firearms belonged to Pastor Kakande.
According to police, Kakande denied knowledge of the firearms although they were recovered in his church.