MPs Threaten to Bring Voters to Parliament Over Oil Bills

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The MPs have told journalists that they have done all they can to have a bill that is in the interest of the public but they are facing stiff opposition from the executive.

Members of the Parliamentary Forum on Oil and Gas have threatened to mobilize the public and bring them to parliament ahead of a seemingly final decision on the oil bill.

The MPs have told journalists that they have done all they can to have a bill that is in the interest of the public but they are facing stiff opposition from the executive. They said they have decided to take the battle to the people by mobilising them to come to parliament and protest what they called the selfish interests of the executive.

The MPs who include Gerald Karuhanga, Wilfred Niwagaba, Muwanga Kivumbi and Joseph Sewungu, say that it is unfortunate for government to prefer giving powers to an individual minister than the institution. They hope that the president will listen to the people that vote for him if he can not listen to parliament. They said they will put announcements on all radios to have the masses at parliament on Tuesday next week.

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The MPs decision was sparked off by a parliamentary resolution on Thursday to recommit clause 9 of the bill which gives the minister powers to grant, revoke licenses and negotiate petroleum agreements.

Parliament had been able to push that those roles be performed by the Petroleum Authority under the approval of the minister but Energy Minister Irene Muloni moved a motion for re-committal arguing that those sensitive roles should be performed by an elected person.

The angry MPs yesterday told Speaker Rebecca Kadaga that if parliament agrees to the re-committal of clause nine, they will also re-commit 64 clauses if not the whole bill.

 

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