Lawyer Sabiiti Drops Petition on Presidential Handshake

Electoral Commission Legal Officer Eric Sabiiti has dropped a court petition  he had filed seeking to block Parliament and other bodies and individuals from discussing the matter regarding the so –called Presidential Handshake, malady where a number of government officials shared amongst themselves up to Shs 6billion from tax arrears recovered from Oil Companies Heritage and Tullow Uganda.

Mr Sabiiti had at the start of this week secured a Constitutional Court order barring discussion and investigation of this matter until the main petition is disposed of.

He has now changed his mind and is interested no more in the petition.

Chandia and D.W Advocates, sildenafil the company that represented the petitioner, order confirmed today that they were withdrawing from the matter, with permission from the Mr Sabiiti.

The development comes on the heels of a heated Parliamentary plenary session on Tuesday, in which Speaker Rebecca Kadaga closed down the house business indefinitely until the court order is revoked.

The following day, Chandia and D.W Advocates through Mr Alex Chandia went to parliament and apologized to the speaker, saying that they jumped onto the petition without adequate information.

Counsel Robert Rutaro from the same firm who represented Sabiiti in the petition revealed today in a statement, “After holding a lengthy consultative meeting between Mr Eric Sabiiti the petitioner and the Attorney General, in the presence of respective counsel, the parties have agreed to withdraw the said petition that caused paralysis and closure of parliament.”

Rutaro added, “The matter is hereby withdrawn; parliament can re-open and carry on with business.”

With the petition out of the way, Parliament is anticipated to debate and perhaps summon the implicated beneficiaries of the Presidential handshake, led by Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority Mrs Doris Akol.

Meanwhile at the High Court, another organization Legal Brain Trust are in the final stages of launching a suit against the same group, with the aim of compelling them to return the 6Billion Shillings.


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