NEMA Officials to appear before parliament’s committee

Officials from the National Environmental Management Authority are this morning expected to appear before parliament’s committee on Natural Resources.

They are required to explain why they failed to detect environmental abuse by investors dealing in sand mining at the shores of Lake Vitoria.

The committee led by Isingiro South MP Alex Byarugaba issued summons to the environmental body on Wednesday this week after queries were raised about the accredited companies.

The committee also discovered that some sand mining companies had obtained permits to undertake fish farming but instead ventured into sand without NEMA’s approval.

Byarugaba now asks government to set stringent sanctions against investors who fail to comply with clearance standards issued by the Uganda Investment Authority.