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Uganda Oil: NRM moves to save ministers

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Oct 24, 2011.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    The ruling NRM party yesterday faced sharp criticisms from constitutional lawyers over its resolutions to overturn decisions of Parliament regarding governmentÂ’s handling of oil contracts with foreign firms and the fate of three ministers accused of drawing huge kickbacks from foreign companies in return for favourable oil deals.

    The decision agreed by the NRM Caucus at the close of a weeklong retreat in Kyankwanzi, will amount to the use of extra legal means by the Executive to subvert established procedures and would have no bearing on government unless returned to the House for consent, the lawyers observed.

    More LawyersÂ’ outburst came hours after the acting NRM Caucus Chairman, Mr David Bahati told a news conference at Parliament yesterday that the Caucus had agreed to review some of the resolutions without the Executive necessarily coming back to Parliament.

    Mr Bahati told journalists that the Caucus resolved that ministers accused of taking oil bribes be investigated while in office and that a moratorium put on the execution of oil agreements should not affect the on-going transactions such as the $2.9 billion Total-CNOOC farm out deal with Tullow Oil, a British firm doing business in Uganda.