Parliament set to grill oil cash beneficiaries


Parliament of Uganda will resume business on Wednesday, a week after Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga suspended the House following a judicial stalemate caused by Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma.

The Constitutional Court sitting chaired by Kavuma last week imposed an order barring Parliament from debating or investigating the Shs6bn shared by the senior government officials who participated in the Heritage Oil capital gains tax case.

Kadaga, a lawyer by profession labeled Kavuma’s injunction  stupid and adjourned plenary until Court made its pronouncement.

While the Attorney General prepared to challenge the order in Court, the owner of the petition, a legal officer of Electoral Commission Eric Sabiiti withdrew it from Constitutional Court.

It later emerged that his employer EC, had summoned him to file a defence as to why he contravened standing orders of Uganda Public Service.

EC secretary Sam Rwakjo had directed Sabiiti to give his side not later than today. We are yet to confirm if he has regarded the directive.

This afternoon Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige issued a notice of resumption of business.

“As you may recall Parliament was adjourned Sine die on Tuesday, 10th January 2017. Notice is hereby given that Parliament will resume its plenary sittings on Wednesday 18th January 2017,” part of the Kibirige’s statement read.

The same statement added that Committee sittings shall resume on Tuesday.

“All Committee activities will resume on Tuesday 17th January 2016.”

The notice was copied to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and Chief Opposition Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju.


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