17 November 2012

Uganda: Former Minister Musumba Battles NEMA

Ex-regional co-operation state minister, Isaac Musumba, is battling the National Environmental Management Authority(NEMA) over a sh5.5b loss purportedly incurred by his company, Solid State Limited.

On November 14, the company filed an application for judicial review at the High Court in Kampala, demanding that court quashes NEMA's decision to cancel its Environmental Impact Assessment certificate. The respondent is listed as the executive director of NEMA.

Court documents show that the company specialises in stone quarrying and supplying stones for construction projects. The certificate issued on July 16, was cancelled on September 14.

Musumba has sworn an affidavit in support of the application, stating that he has 95% shares. He claims NEMA's executive director declined to hear him out before the certificate of approval was cancelled. The case has been allocated to Justice Benjamin Kabiito. NEMA is yet to respond. A hearing date is yet to be fixed.

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