LIVE FEED: Oil Bribery Scandal Dominates Parliament Debate

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She is interrupted by Ibrahim Ssemujju who wonders why MPs rehearsed to make noise in the house.

Gerald Karuhanga says while in London for the Heritage Arbitration case, hundreds of concerned Ugandans lauded the vibrancy of 9th Parliament.

Kadaga says Minister of Finance should give response to one of the resolutions which had a time frame of sdeven days.

Kiwanuka says putting the funds on consolidated accounts was aimed at transparency.

She notes that on July 21, 2011 USD449, 424,960m was converted into Shs1.161, 736,556,120 .and deposited on the shillings consolidated account.of Government

She presents to the house bank statements of the capital gains tax -but quickly adds not all revenues are related to the oil revenues but oil transactions.


Drama started with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying by Thursday, she will have named an adhoc committee to kick start investigations into reports that three ministers received bribes from oil company Tullow. They are Sam Kutesa, Amama Mababazi and Hilary Onek.

“This week on Thursday I will conclude the terms of reference of the adhoc committee on oil sector and will announce the members on the committee to start investigations,” she says.

Kadaga, in response to Beti Among query on whether action is being taken on ministers probed over bribes, adds that the resolutions have been sent to President Yoweri Museveni to take action.

3:00: Opposition stand-in Winfred Kiiza says even when the committee is named, it should start to work on a clean slate with no intimidation, like what am beginning to see (NRM booing).

3:05: Simon Aleper says when an MP rises to talk we all listen and respect each other. “I have seen my colleagues on his side NRM shouting with no listening.

Kadaga says: “When we passed resolutions, we had delayed sitting for at least one hours. I suspended the House two times to ensure that they are here because it is to them. We have done our work; we have given them the resolutions. Let us wait and see. I have a committee on Thursday and we set up our committee, and start investigations.”

“I have informed you that I have sent resolutions to the president and waiting response. I have also told you that on Thursday I will form the adhoc committee.

Winifred Kiiza insists the most crucial issue on the floor is about resolution 9 which talks about Ministers suspected of oil bribery.

Kabakumba Masiko rises on a point of order quoting rules of procedure to bring down Kiiza’s idea that the matter should not be debated.

Kadaga shuns Masiko, orders Kiiza to proceed.

Kiiza says the resolution passed on Tuesday 11, October 2011 asked ministers to step aside which they haven’t.

State Works Minister John Byabagambi says: “Hon. Members let us learn to listen to each other and make meaningful debate. I grew up in a civilized family not like Tinkasimire, who does whatever he wants at a time of his wish.

Kadaga insists the matter is before president who should take action. “Is it procedurally right to debate on matters when you have already ruled? I didn’t hear a resolution that no one won’t associate with any suspect mentioned in the resolutions. We have a canteen at Parliament, are you suggesting that some members shall be expelled from the canteen facilities? Please don’t over-stretch things.

MP Geoffrey Ekanya says what action should be taken in case the speaker doesn’t get the response from the Head of State. “Do we evoke our powers as Parliament?”

He says the 3 ministers undergoing CHOGM trial should officially communicate they have stepped aside.


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