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MPs Want Museveni Speech Removed From Parliament's Records

Some Members of Parliament are calling for President Yoweri Museveni’s speech on oil and gas sector to be expunged from the records of parliament days after he delivered it to a special sitting of the house.

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Some Members of Parliament are calling for President Yoweri Museveni’s speech on oil and gas sector to be expunged from the records of parliament days after he delivered it to a special sitting of the house.

 

President Museveni addressed a special sitting of parliament on Friday last week and explained to the legislators why he ordered his energy minister to sign new oil agreements in total disregard of parliamentary resolutions on the same. Some of the MPs in attendance on Monday have been very vocal on oil governance in Uganda and want the president’s speech thrown out.

Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga MP, said that the president is slowly abrogating the constitution. In the speech on Friday, Museveni said that the 1995 constitution has made decision-making process slow and increased indiscipline. Ssekikubo says the signing of fresh oil agreements was already a sign of contempt of parliament and the ongoing court process.

He says unless the statement by the president is clarified, the MPs will demand that the entire speech be expunged from the records of Parliament. According to the Lwemiyaga MP, the country is doomed if the oil and gas sector is going to be run without adequate laws.

Cue in: the President says…….

Cue out:……of parliament.//

Lulume Bayiga, Buikwe South MP also said that some government officials are involving oil companies in shoddy deals that may be reversed once government changes hands. Lulume, a Democratic Party member noted that they are itching to correct the agreements.

President Museveni’s speech also dealt with the benefits for Ugandans during and after recovery of costs era. He noted that Uganda would get 26 barrels while oil companies get 74 barrels out of every 100 barrels produced. After the cost recovery stage, 42 barrels out of every 100 barrels would go to the companies while Uganda’s benefit increases to 58 barrels.

But Gerald Karuhanga, the Western Youth legislator said the recovery and post recovery periods are not defined. He wants government to spell the exact time for both recovery and post recovery period.

Karuhanga insists that government acted in contempt of parliament and the on-going court process. In October 2011, parliament unanimously resolved that a moratorium on executing oil contracts and transactions be put on government until the necessary laws have been passed by parliament.

Two weeks ago government signed two Production Sharing Agreements—PSA with Tullow Oil Uganda Limited regarding the development of petroleum resources discovered in exploration areas 1, 2 and 3A.

The agreements grant new licenses for the Kanywataba prospect area for six months and Exploration Area 1 for one year.

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