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Oil: Kadaga will not recall Mps

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By Henry Sekanjako

THE Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has ruled out recalling Parliament from recess to discuss matters concerning oil, saying there is no specific reason the petitioners gave to cause a debate.

A total of 166 MPs recently petitioned the speaker for a special sitting to discuss what they called “matters of extreme concern relating to the oil industry and urgency to stop any unclear dealings by government officials.”

Addressing journalists at Parliament yesterday, Kadaga said: “I read carefully through the petition which was presented to me. There was nothing specific to discuss. What do they want us to discuss oil in the whole world, jobs or prices? They should give me specific areas before I can recall the house.”

“I can not recall the house because a-third of the MPs have raised 125 signatures. There must be a substantive reason,” she added.

She also said Parliament assigned the parliamentary committees on natural resources and that of legal and parliamentary affairs, to scrutinise issues surrounding the oil sector and present their report to Parliament.

“It will show a vote-of-no-confidence in the committees if I recall parliament to debate oil before they present their reports. The petitioners should wait for the committees’ report and write a minority report if any,” said Kadaga.

She revealed that there were ongoing proceedings at the Tax Appeals Tribunal in Uganda and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in London, United Kingdom over the same matter.

She cited Rule 60b (1) and 60 (1) of the parliamentary rules that prohibits Parliament to refer to any matter on which judicial decision is pending.

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