Defiant Kadaga Says No to Kavuma’s Order, Wants it Quashed
By Serestino Tusingwire
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga in a Tuesday plenary looked furious about the court injunction barring parliament from debating the Shs6bn oil cash bonanza saga.
The Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on Monday issued an interim order “restraining parliament, any person or authority from investigating, questioning or inquiring into” the Shs6bn presidential handshake saga.
This left MPs wondering how court could interfere with the work of Legislature yet the two are totally independent from each other. They went ahead to include it on order paper despite the court order barring them to do so.
As the debate heated up, Kadaga who called the court order “stupid” adjourned the Parliament indefinitely and ordered for the withdrawal of the court order without fail.
“This is unacceptable. I want to direct the Attorney General to go to court immediately and revoke the order. No more parliament work shall be done until court have reversed this order.” Kadaga said.
The move by the Speaker to adjourn committees and plenary sine die was applauded by legislators.
It’s worth noting that in June 2015, a protracted legal battle over capital gains tax between URA& Tullow oil resulted into a settlement of Sh824Bn and about Shs6bn was doled out to senior government officials as a reward for their role in facilitating the successful settlement.
Some of the beneficiaries of this money include Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) commissioner general Doris Akol – Shs242, Uganda National Roads Authority boss Allen Kagina – Shs242, Kampala Capital City Authority boss Jennifer Musisi – Shs121, Finance ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi – Shs108 (and his predecessor Chris Kassami – Shs393), former attorney generals Peter Nyombi – Shs226 and Fred Ruhindi – Shs93, as well as the solicitor general among others.