Energy Minister Muloni: Handshake was Inappropriate

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, cheap Irene Muloni has said dishing out oil money in billions to 42 government officials was inappropriate and she doesn’t support the practice.

Muloni whose docket is entirely in charge of oil from exploration to commercial production, viagra 40mg appeared before the Parliament’s committee investigating the infamous handshake for the first time on Friday together with her technical team.

Three former ministry of Energy senior officials including the departed Permanent Secretary Kabagame Kalisa and 3 other serving officials are among the beneficiaries of the Shs6bn paid to salaried government employees for their roles in the successful tax battle between Uganda and British oil giant, Heritage Oil and Gas limited.

The current Commissioner for Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production Honey Malinga got Shs262m, his predecessor Ernest Rubondo got 266m while Kaliisa took 133m, Moses Ekunu and Joyce Mbabazi 50m each before taxes.

According to sources in government, the head of sector, Muloni didn’t know much about the handshake processing and final payment that was championed by the Uganda Revenue Authority top executives.

When asked by committee on Commission Statutory Authority and State Enterprises Chairperson, Abdu Katuntu to comment on the handshake, Muloni said it was inappropriate.

“I don’t think it was the best practice to reward civil servants,” she said.

Meanwhile Rubondo who was seated just next to Muloni told MPs that the handshake was inevitable since there were numerous risks involved.

“It was a complicated case associated with a number of risks. Awarding people who maneuvered all the risks was not a bad idea,” he said.

Katuntu tasked Rubondo to name in the committee how many times he and his colleagues survived bribes during the hearing the court proceedings in London. He however failed to mention any.


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