12 December 2012

Uganda: Oil Officials Should Declare Wealth - DP

Photo: Rogers Okwany/NewVision
Members of Parliament failed to vote on the oil bill after a chaotic plenary.

THE Democratic Party (DP), has demanded that all public officials involved in the oil industry declare their assets and subject their declaration to verification.

The party spokesperson, Jude Mbabaali argued that this would help the government to know each one's property to avoid misusing oil funds for their own interests like it has been in other sectors.

"This will help Government to know their property and in case of misuse of funds it can easily be detected. We do not want to wake up when people have stolen money when we cannot tell where they put it. This is one way of curbing corruption," he noted.

Mbabali said this while addressing the party weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala yesterday.

He asked Government to put up an independent monitoring and evaluation team to oversee the oil sector to promote transparency and accountability.

"Government should put in place the structures and legal frame work that would promote transparency and accountability. We need an independent committee to monitor and evaluate the industry," he said.

He said the award of licenses should also be advertised in public for competition to ensure a free and fair award process to meet internationally acceptable best practices.

Mababali also demanded for the release their youth leaders who were arrested in Masaka last week since they committed no offense.

"They have a right to express themselves on issues of national importance like the President's age. We know that these youth committed no offense in expressing their concerns," he said.

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