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Parliament directs Govt to terminate Vinci Coffee deal

Mpaka presented the long awaited report of the parliamentary committee on Trade regarding the coffee agreement . PHOTO PARLIAMENT MEDIA

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament’s Committee on Trade has directed government to terminate an agreement it signed recently with Uganda Vinci Coffee Company Limited. Parliament has described the agreement as illegal and demanded that “officials who committed Government to such illegalities should be penalized as a deterrent mechanism to stop similar occurrences in future.”

Mbarara City South MP Mwine Mpaka, chairman of Parliament’s committee on trade, read the full report.

“The government is directed to terminate this agreement and report to Parliament, within 6 months from the date of adoption of this report,” Mpaka said, adding that “the agreement infringes and reverses the National Coffee Policy specifically the principle that coffee production, processing, marketing shall be undertaken by the private sector as individual farmers, farmer organizations.”

After a heated debate, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka said government would review Parliament’s proposals. “We shall take the recommendations and review them and report back to Parliament as required on the actions in respect to the report,” he said.

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