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Parliament to decide Umeme fate in February

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By Nelson Wesonga & Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Thursday, December 19  2013 at  02:00

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Yesterday, some MPs had pushed for a motion for the termination of the concession. They also complained that Energy minister Irene Muloni was dwelling on the history of the electricity sector instead of focusing on the recommendations of the committee.

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PARLIAMENT- Parliament will decide the fate of power distributor Umeme in February next year.

While deferring the issue yesterday, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, said this is meant to give the Minister of Energy time to prepare a full response to the recommendations made by the Ad hoc Committee on Energy.

The committee in October last year recommended the termination of the Umeme concession because the Attorney General did not draft the concession agreements as is required by the Constitution.

Push for contract termination
Yesterday, some MPs had pushed for a motion for the termination of the concession. They also complained that Energy minister Irene Muloni was dwelling on the history of the electricity sector instead of focusing on the recommendations of the committee.

But Ms Kadaga said: “The issue (motion on the report of the Ad hoc Committee of Energy) is deferred to February 4 [2014].”

Mr Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, accused Ms Kadaga of protecting Ms Muloni, who studiously evaded MPs questions on Umeme’s concession.

Ms Muloni said early this month that the government would not terminate the concession agreement.

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