Parliament has approved an additional Shs50Bn for the manufacture of the Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant, despite calls from several legislators to carry out an invesitagation on Dr.Monica Musenero.
The decision by lawmakers came after pleas from Butambala county mp Muwanga Kivumbi asked Parliament to halt the approval of Shs50.4Bn requested by State House for Presidential Scientific initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) to facilitate establishment of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant.
Muwanga, who co-authored the minority report with Mawogola South MP Gorreth Namugga and Ibrahim Ssemujju (Kira Municipality] reminded Parliament that the project is under investigation by Select Committee of Parliament on allegations of misappropriation of Shs3lBn.
He said it would be prudent to withhold approval of the funds until the investigation is concluded.
More still, the funds were to be approved under State House contrary to the resolution of Parliament that instructed that a new vote is created under the Presidency sector for the Ministry of Science, Technology and innovation.
It should be recalled that the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among, put in place an adhoc Committee to investigate allegations of mismanagement of Shs31Bn by Dr. Monica Musenero, Minister of Science and Technology after a dossier by Ntungamo Municipality MP, Yona Musinguzi .
While appearing before the Committee last week Musinguzi asked Parliament to prevail over the appointing authority to have Minister Musenero step down as investigations against her go on.
Musinguzi defended his request for suspension of Musenero pending investigations accusing Musenero of influencing the interdiction of some of the staff at the Ministry of Science and Technology, saying he is likely not to have enough information due to the influence peddling by Musenero.
However, the Committee tasked Musinguzi to avail with the committee the alleged interdiction letters to the some of the staff of the ministry of science and Technology for further investigation.