SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: CIA Behind Uganda’s Oil Tsunami
A chimp investigation into how opposition got documentary evidence pinning senior government officials in dubious shs100bn oil deals has revealed thesecret role of mighty Central Intelligence Agency.
The US intelligence agency reportedly picked info last year that large transactions of money were being wired to UAE accounts, some over 500,000 Euros (Shs1bn) per day.
You will recall that ever since the 9/11 US terror attacks, CIA started observing keenly international bank transactions.
In fact it’s criminal for instance to move with a sack of dollars into US. One would face charges of money laundering.
At that time, terror cash was being wired through the Middle East banks to facilitate clandestine terror organisations in Africa and US.
Therefore it developed systems to regulate the flow of cash through setting up stringent policies.
For instance before receiving at least 1,000 US Dollars from a foreign account, one has to explain the source and reason of transaction.
Therefore it was not surprising that as the ministers received payments through UAE accounts, the CIA got interested.
According to multiple diplomatic sources we talked to by telephone yesterday, CIA realised that the common denominator in the transactions was the country –Uganda where the principal recipients resided.
“Our CIA teams were shocked that over I million Euros was being wired to a government official in one day. They became suspicious upon realising that the money was being wired in instalments, possibly to avoid detection,” said a source.
She added: “We at first thought the huge sums of money were meant to facilitate a coup against President Yoweri Museveni. We even alerted him of the transactions,” a source notes.
It’s not clear whether this could have been the cause of firing of Onek from Energy Ministry early this year in a cabinet reshuffle.
But what is as clear as day light is that after US mission in Kampala realised that Museveni was not ready to take action against the Ministers but “simply reshuffle” them, documents implicating the ministers were given to Col. Kizza Besigye.
In one of the documents, which could be paraded before the House today, Heritage wrote to Onek, instructing him to “append his signature” on pre-prepared documents especially the Profit-sharing agreements (PSAs).
The document in question was the ministerial consent form required to finalise the deals.
In one of the emails, Heritage chiefs refer to an earlier meeting in Gulu which was “attended by President Museveni and Onek.”
Amusingly, Onek never tried to probe why the Attorney General was not involved in the deal. For example according to PSAs, oil companies will have to first meet their costs of production before sharing profits with government.
Disturbingly, the cost of production, is not being audited by government, meaning the country will shoulder the exorbitant and extravagant costs incurred by oil organisations.
Besigye was told that by US diplomats that oil costs were being inflated. The diplomats told Besigye that for instance a company named Equator Catering Services was providing food and refreshments to oil workers at a cost of shs46m per month!
The opposition dynamite got the info from the US mission in Kampala. The diplomats told Besigye that they were shocked by the details and could hardly understand why Museveni was bent on protecting the individuals.
They further made it clear to Besigye that they were considering travel bans and confiscation of their foreign properties over corruption.
Amusingly, FDC stalwart accused them of being “bedmates” with Museveni’s government and not walking the talk.
According to a FDC top official Michael Kabaziguruka, the party leadership got wind of the murky oil deals in September this year.
MEETING AT BESIGYE’S HOME TOWN “BENGHAZI”
A secret meeting was subsequently held at Col. Besigye’s palatial home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.
The meeting was attended by top FDC leaders including Alice Alaso, Mugisha Muntu, Abdu Katuntu and Salaam Musumba.
At first it was agreed that the reports be forwarded to Daily Monitor as a weekend exclusive.
But the officials later realised that it would not be effectual as ministers would subsequently author press releases denying their involvement.
It was agreed that FDC attorney general generates the needed momentum and drama for a Parliamentary showdown.
Besigye said in this scandal, opposition would hardly work alone.
It was at that time that Besigye said those NRM members opposed to implicated ministers especially Theodore Ssekikuubo and Mohammed Nsereko are involved in the plan to embarrass and impeach the scandal-ridden government officials.
The role of Museveni would be hinted on.
Rehearsals were made in the opposition leaders’ chambers, tea meetings were organised and oratory skills polished.
NRM MPs were secretly lobbied. They supported the initiative. Then after being convinced that he would get over 180 signatures to recall the House, Katuntu openly said Parliament should be recalled.
The petition was even seconded by vice president Gilbert Bukenya after learning that his arch rival Mbabazi was a beneficiary.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga attempted to overstep her mandate by ignoring the petition with majority signatures only to be reminded that she faced a vote of no confidence for the illegal action.
She called the House.
A day before the session (Sunday), SMS encouraging legislators to stand up and be counted during the oil debate, were sent around. Rosaries were put to good use and prayers held.
The debate had generated the media attention it deserved and the hell broke loose.
Today at 11am, the showdown is expected to rage on with more info, according to sources accusing Mbabazi for pocketing 25m Euros from oil companies.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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