The Attorney General intends to rely on evidence contained in an affidavit by the Acting Director of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, Moses Kaggwa in his defense. In his affidavit, Kaggwa states that the agreement does not give Uganda Vinci Coffee company any authority to manage production, export, and set prices of coffee beans and its related products.
According to Galabuzi, the purported 'investor' has failed to build the multi billion Specialized Hospital facility in Lubowa and she is now jumping on to the coffee deal which he thinks she is incapable of delivery.
Byansi notes that the coffee sector in the country has many stakeholders including farmers, exporters, associations, and unions such as Bugisu Cooperative Union and Ankole Coffee Produce Cooperative Union among others who were never consulted on the agreement in question.
Eng Otim revealed that the developer doesn’t have a contractor on the 32 hectares of land located in Lubowa, Wakiso district, adding that they are in the process of procuring another contractor to implement the work.
While the Ministry of Health handed over the site on June 10, 2019, it hoped that the construction would be completed by June 2021. However, the project remains at the foundation level and, according to Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, it has been extended for now 15 more months.