Oil Debate Sparks Storm In NRM
Dark clouds are hovering over NRM as a war over whether oil agreements should be shared and debated by legislators rages on.
The deputy NRM chief whip David Bahati has summoned all MPs for a crisis meeting today at Parliament.
The NRM caucus will have a special session to draw a roadmap and reach consensus on a debate due today afternoon in which legislators want the alleged corruption in the oil sector including secrecy of agreements and tax disputes discussed.
Bahati says “these meeting are regular and healthy for the party.”
It’s feared there is a plot to bulldoze NRM MPs to side with government in keeping oil agreements top secret. The MPs have threatened to cause a tsunami once government officials attempt to coerce them into gagging the debate.
"We are ready to defend the nation from unscrupulous government officials who want to steal our oil. A lot of money has been stolen in the oil sector. We wnat to bring those involved to book," Ssekikuubo told this website by telephone today morning.
Furious MPs accuse government officials of conniving with oil barons for kick backs.
They further allege that in keeping oil deals secret, government is setting a dangerous precedent and blocking transparency.
Led by shadow attorney general Abdu Katuntu and Lweimiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikuubo, legislators pressed Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to call a crisis session to discuss the contentious issues.
The controversial motion will be moved by Ssekikubo. It will be seconded by Katuntu, Muhammad Nsereko (NRM, Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (NRM, Ndorwa East), Gerald Karuhanga (Indep, Western Youth) and Hamson Obua (NRM, Ajuri).
Nevertheless, Premier Amama Mbabazi was pinned in wiki leaks that he eyed a shs552bn kickback in the oil deals.
Observers say MPs intend to bring Mbabazi and other government officials to book for the irregularities in the agreements.
Observers expect the debate to be stormy.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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