The State Minister for Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite has directed Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to suspend a licence that had been issued to Israeli company, Together, to establish a cannabis (marijuana) farm in Uganda for medical purposes.
Speaking while presiding over the inauguration and swearing in ceremony of Uganda Investment Authority Board of Directors at the UIA premises in Nakasero, Kampala, Anite said that the licence was issued behind her back yet cabinet is still discussing proper regulation and see how to move forward.
Anite tasked the Health minister Hon Jane Ruth Aceng to do more research on the matter and report back.
“When I heard about that licence, I quickly made phone call and said we have to hold the license until cabinet disposes off this subject,” Anite said.
She said Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called an experts’ meeting to discuss the issue next week.
Emely Kugonza, the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) board chairperson, said they issued the license on March 18, 2019 after the company secured approvals from different government agencies and ministries including Internal Affairs and National Drug Authority (NDA).
The Board Members inaugurated today include Emily Kugonza (Chairperson), Morrison Rwakakamba, Naima Ombambasa, Fred Opolot, Gertrude Lutaya and Godfrey Byamukama Kerere.