22 February 2012

Uganda: Oil AD Hoc Committee to Resume Work

Hours after the Constitutional Court lifted the suspension on the proceedings of the parliamentary oil investigations, the committee chairman has said his team is set to resume work with the guidance of the Speaker.

Mr Michael Werikhe said the committee had been longing for the ruling of the Constitutional Court because it had stalled the investigations in the oil sector which are crucial in ensuring the future management of the sector.

"There was a false thinking that the committee was formed to investigate the bribery allegations but this was wrong. We are basically about the regularisation of the oil and gas sector and related matters," he said.

Mr Werikhe added that the committee is supposed to look into the entire oil sector and set a smooth road for the sector.

Way forward

"Now that the ban has been lifted, the starting point is to sit with the Speaker and she advises us on the way forward. The period which we were given is about to expire. We shall reconvene and maybe make a preliminary report to the House on what happened, before we continue with our investigations," he said.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga could not be reached for comment as she was chairing a session by press time, but it is understood the committee will be given more time to conclude its work.

Committee members

The committee is composed of Mr Werikhe, Mr Junjura Julius (Buhaguzi County), Ms Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo), Mr Hussein Kyanjo (Makindye West), Mr Stephen Tashobya (Kajara), Ms Freedom Kwiyucwiny (Zombo), and Mr Matte Sibalinghana (Bughendera).

Mr Werikhe said the committee's work will not be hindered by the already tabled petroleum Bills, although part of the terms of reference was to ensure that the Bills are tabled.

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