The committee was established by a resolution of Parliament calling for thorough investigations into the controversial payment of six billion Shillings to individuals who were involved a tax arbitration case between the Government of Uganda and Heritage Oil.
The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga informed parliament that government has given out similar rewards before citing Ugandans who excelled in different fields including but not limited to the thirty public officers who were part of the team that discovered oil in Uganda in 2006.
In her communication to parliament, Kadaga put Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana to task to think about the abuse of judicial authority in the country. She cited the same order as an example saying that Justice Kavuma issued an injunction basing on a petition that had no basis and urgency.
According Nankabirwa, following the presidents explanation, NRM legislators decided to support the oil cash bonanza. She however, says the MPs are still concerned about the process followed to award the bonuses to the beneficiaries.
Kadaga tasked the Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana to move to court immediately to vacate the stupid order. She described the action of Justice Kavuma as gross violation of the doctrine of separation of powers aimed at frustrating the work of parliament.
The payment, now referred to the presidential handshake, has attracted sharp criticism from the public, MPs, civil society among other sections of the public. But Eric Sabiiti, a legal officer with the Electoral Commission says the planned investigation interferes with Executive powers.