HANDSHAKE PROBE: MPs to Grill Akol Today

Members of Parliament are this morning expected to face the Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, order Doris Akol as investigations begin on the infamous Shs 6billion presidential handshake.

The committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises launched the probe into the matter on Tuesday, visit starting with a meeting with the legislators who moved the motion; Michael Tumusime of Mbarara Municipality and Ndorwa West’s Vincent Niwagaba.

Niwagaba who is also the Opposition’s Attorney General told the Committee chaired by Abdu Katuntu of Bugweri County, that there was gross abuse of powers by the senior government officials who benefitted in the cash bonanza since they lobbied for it and automatically breached two critical acts.

“Both sections of the Anti-corruption Act of 20019 and Leadership Code acts have been contravened by the officials who solicited for the handshake,” Niwagaba said.

ChimpReports on 6th January 2017 published a number of official documents detailing how the senior government officials led by Akol initiated, identified funds, approved and finally disbursed it to the accounts of 42 people who participated in the legal battle between Uganda and Heritage Oil and Gas Company.

The matter was quickly picked up by Parliament after widespread condemnation from the public including from senior ruling NRM party officials.

Meanwhile Katuntu told reporters that the Committee has already summoned the head of URA Doris Akol and her colleagues to explain their role in the bonanza.

“We need them to tell us their roles in the handshake,” Katuntu said.

Other senior government officials to face the Committee are Finance Ministers and technical officers, Ministry of Energy officials, Office of the Attorney General officials, Governor of Bank of Uganda, Head of Public Service, and President Yoweri Museveni among others.

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