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Handshake Probe: Law Society Says Museveni Has No Powers to Dish Out Money

President Yoweri Museveni

The members of Uganda Law Society have said President Yoweri Museveni is without the powers to dish out money like the case of Shs. 6billion presidential handshake.

Appearing before the committee of Parliament investigating the oil cash bonanza on Monday, try http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/revision.php the Law Society members led by their President, http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-includes/class-http.php Francis Gimara stated that Museveni’s prerogative as the
Fountain of Honor is only for granting mercy to the convicted.

“The President’s prerogative powers are overrated or not understood by many people including the learned ones in government,” Mr. Gimara said.

“The President’s prerogative cannot be stretched to casually picking money from different votes and handing it to individuals.”

Senior government officials including Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Doris Akol and Solicitor General Francis Atoke who are part of the 42 that received the cash rewards have been saying
that the cash out was legal, basing on Articles 98 and 99 of the constitution.

“Under Article 98 and Article 99 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the President is the fountain of honor and head of the Executive. In accordance with the prerogative of the crown as
enshrined in the Constitution, the President is empowered to reward exemplary and ethical performance.” Akol told Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises on the 12th of this month.

A few days later Atoke also told the committee the similar thing.

“Under Article 98 and Article 99 of the Constitution, the President is the fountain of honor and head of the Executive. In accordance with the prerogative of the crown the President is empowered to reward exemplary and ethical performance,” part of the written response read by Atoke said.

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