Members of parliament on the Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE have tasked Jolly Sabune, the executive director Cotton Development Organization-CDO to explain the relevance of the her organization and why it should not be under the ministry of Agriculture.
The MPs made the demand this morning, when Sabune appeared before the committee to answer audit queries in the Auditor General’s report ending June 2011.Angeline Osegge, the Soroti district Woman MP and COSASE vice chairperson tasked Sabune to explain how much CDO has done to promote cotton growing in the country because of its benefits as a cash crop.
She questioned the relevancy of CDO saying it was working below expectation. Osegge also wondered why CDO was working independently and not as a department under ministry of agriculture. Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the COSASE committee chairperson noted that the bulk of the work that is meant to be done by CDO such as the distribution of seeds to farmers is being executed by the private sector.
He questioned whether the country needs an organization that stands by its own but is not fully involved in field work.
However, Jolly Sabune, the Executive Director CDO said the organization was fully executing its mandate as provided for in the law. She defended the relevancy of CDO saying cotton research had totally died out but they had managed to revive it.
However, MPs wouldn’t have any of this. Ayena Krispus, a member of COSASE said the question is not about the importance of the Crop but the relevancy of the Cotton Development organization. Angeline Osegge, the COSASE vice chairperson said Sabune’s response was not convincing enough. She said the committee will convene and decide on what to recommend to Parliament.
The Cotton Development Organization was put into existence by the Cotton Development Act of 1994. It is charged with the responsibility of inspecting cotton ginneries; ensure compliance with registration requirements amongst things.