Parliament to Form ad-hoc Committee on oil

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Parliament will on Thursday name the ad hoc committee that will investigate the oil bribery allegations leveled against three cabinet ministers.

Parliament will on Thursday name an ad-hoc committee that will investigate bribery allegations against three cabinet ministers in relation to the oil sector.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said on Tuesday that the members of the ad hoc committee shall be named on Thursday and will be given the  terms of reference and their mandate.

The formation of the ad-hoc committee stems from a heated debate that came shortly after parliament was recalled from recess over the management of oil contracts and revenues accrued from oil in Uganda.

After a two-day debate, Parliament passed several resolutions that included forming a committee in parliament that would investigate the matter.

Sam Kutesa, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hilary Onek are accused of receiving more than 17 million Euros in bribes.

Some Mps are however concerned that some of the resolutions have not been respected by government.

Betty Among, MP Oyam south demanded to know who the current leader of Government business was , saying the Prime Minister is one of those implicated in the oil bribery allegations.

Winnie Kiiza, the opposition Chief Whip and Ibrahim Semujju, Kyadondo East MP noted that the resolution to have Mbabazi, Kutesa and Onek step down has not been effected.

They noted that the committee would work much more effectively if the implicated ministers agree to step aside.

But the speaker said that parliament had done its duty and transmitted the resolutions to the Head of State, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Kadaga insisted she had done her part.