The Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry has summoned individuals and entities who endorsed on controversial coffee deal to explain their role in the agreement government signed with Uganda Vinci Coffee Company Ltd (UVCC).
UVCC is a private company that was granted exclusive rights to sell and market Ugandan coffee on the international market.
Those summoned to appear before the committee includes Finance Minister Matia Kasaija, Italian investor Enrica Pinetti, the woman behind the multi-million dollar construction of the International Specialised Hospital, and Mr Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary of the Finance ministry.
Mr Kasaija is said to have signed the deal on behalf of the government while Mr Ggoobi is alleged to have witnessed the signing of the controversial deal in February. Ms Pinetti signed on behalf of UVCC.
Others are the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Trade minister Francis Mwebesa, Agriculture minister Frank Tumwebaze, and the Solicitor General.
Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Uganda Coffee Federation, Uganda Coffee Quality Traders’ Association, Uganda Coffee Traders’ Alliance, large scale coffee farmers, Kawacom, UGACOF, ESCO, OLAM and several others were also included on the list and are expected to appear before the committee on April 25 and April 26.
The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among, instructed the Trade committee to probe the controversial coffee deal last week though it is not clear as to when the committee will report back to Parliament.