MPs: Operation Wealth Creation is Illegal, Museveni Standing Order Unlawful
Katuntu's Cosase Punches Holes in Legality of Operation Wealth Creation
Cosase members Wednesday morning grilled OWC deputy coordinator Lt Gen Charles Angina.
MPs had summoned Angina and other OWC officials to explain the legality of OWC.
The MPs also tasked Angina to explain the relationship between OWC and the defunct National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads).
The committee also sought answers on who funds OWC.
CHARLES ANGINA ON OPERATION WEALTH CREATION (OWC) RELATIONSHIP WITH NAADS
Angina said three-decade president Yoweri Museveni had issued an standing order forming Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) in 2015.
Museveni assigned his brother Gen Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh to head OWC.
“We came in after previous interventions that didn’t yield the desired results,” said Angina.
“We all know how Naads’ performance was wanting and how they used to parade fake results.”
Naads’ failure, continued Angina, had “prompted the President to shift the mandate to OWC, where the army officials had been tested while dealing with veterans”.
COSASE CHAIRPERSON: ABDU KATUNTU: OPERATION WEALTH CREATION ILLEGAL
Bugweri County MP and Cosase chairperson Abdu Katuntu told Angina that Museveni had flouted legal procedures.
An act of parliament, Naads Act, had established Naads, and there was need for another act to establish Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), reasoned Katuntu.
Katuntu further poked holes in Museveni’s standing order.
“If the President thought it fit to change the operations of Naads, he would have called for an amendment of the Naads Act to cater for OWC.”
Katuntu would later order Angina to return next week with the the attorney general’s, agriculture minister’s and Museveni’s official position on OWC.