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Parliament Sittings Resume on Wednesday

The recall comes a week after the suspension of parliamentary sittings in protest of a court order barring Parliament from debating the controversial bonus to government officials involved in a tax arbitration case between Uganda and Heritage Oil.
Members of Parliament last week celebrated after Speaker Rebecca Kadaga adjourned the House sine die.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has recalled Members of Parliament to resume sittings this week.

The recall comes a week after the suspension of parliamentary sittings in protest of a court order barring Parliament from debating the controversial bonus to government officials involved in a tax arbitration case between Uganda and Heritage Oil.

The order was issued by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma prior to the anticipated motion on the bonanza in which 42 top government officials shared 6 billion Shillings for helping Uganda secure 1.4 trillion Shillings in capital gains tax from Heritage's sale of its stake to Tullow Oil.

Justice Kavuma ordered that any debate on the matter be halted pending hearing of a petition filed by lawyer Eric Sabiiti. Kadaga took offense with the order branding it stupid. She also accused the Judiciary of interfering with parliament work adding that the house would not resume until the order is vacated.

Lawyer Eric Sabiiti later withdrew his petition. However, Parliament's Director Communications and Public Affairs Chris Obore says that Speaker Kadaga received communication from the Attorney General concerning the matter but she was not satisfied adding that the Speaker needs a vacation but not a petition withdrawal.

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In a notice issued this afternoon by Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige, legislators have been recalled to resume plenary sittings on Wednesday January 18.