Parliament has banned Pastor Samuel Kakande of Synagogue Church of All Nations in Mulago from mining sand in Lwera wetland in Kalungu district.
Parliament’s committee on natural resources issued the ban on Tuesday after Aqua World Uganda Limited, a fish firm owned by Prophet Kakande was accused of engaging in the illegal mining of sand and encroaching on Lake Victoria contrary to existing laws and exporting the said sand to other countries.
Aqua World officials found it hard trying to explain why they expanded their mandate from fish farming to start mining sand. The company which is owned by Prophet Kakande and a one Nancy are accused of encroaching on Lake Victoria through their mining activities in the Lwera wetland.
The land in contention covering approximately 15 acres is a major water catchment area that connects rivers and wetlands in Gomba, Mpigi and Kulungu districts before it drains directly into Lake Victoria.
Bernard Mutyaba, one of Aqua World’s lawyers told the committee rising water levels are to blame for the close proximity of their mining pond to the shores of Lake Victoria.
Aqua World reportedly connived with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to issue illegal license.