East Africa

House sends oil Bill to President

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Parliament yesterday sent copies of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill 2012 to the President for signing two months after being passed.

Parliament clerk Jennifer Kibirige said the final copies of the Bill were delivered from the government printer in Entebbe to Parliament early this week.

Ms Kibirige said 10 copies are available for signing by the President before reprints are done for wider distribution. “You know it is a very big Bill and there were many things to be edited but today (yesterday) we are sending the Bill to the President for signing into law,” she said.

The Bill, which was passed on December 7 2012, attracted over three months of controversial debating with MPs failing to agree with the government over the powers of the minister under Clause Nine. The Constitution gives the President 90 days to either assent to the Bill or communicate to Parliament any reservations.

Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (NRM, Ndorwa East) expressed shock over the delayed submission of the Bill for assenting.

iimaka@ug.nationmedia.com

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