By Najibu Mulema
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) officials led by Doris Akol stormed parliament over the scandalous presidential handshake debate, only to be kicked out by the speaker whom they say had no prior knowledge of their coming.
Tomorrow, members of parliament are going to debate about the controversial presidential handshake which saw 42 senior government officials rewarding themselves shs 6 billion after URA’s court settlement win against a British Oil firm,Tullow oil.
According to Parliament spokesperson, Chris Obore, the House resumes tomorrow after recess and indeed a section of MPs have prepared a motion to be tabled in the House.
“It’s true that the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Ms Doris Akol visited parliament and met the Speaker. However, she had no prior appointment with the Speaker,” Obore noted.
“It’s the Prime Minister who had earlier requested a meeting with the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to discuss the Legislative agenda (Bill Processing) and the performance of Ministers. The 1st Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali and the Government Chief Whip Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa met the Speaker in her boardroom at around 4 PM,” he added.
Obore asserted that the Speaker of Parliament had no prior knowledge of the visit of the officials who accompanied the Prime Minister and the Government Chief Whip.
The Speaker and the Prime Minister discussed parliament business. When the matter of the now controversial oil bonus payments christened “presidential handshake” came up, the Speaker said the motion prepared by some Members of Parliament would be tabled.
She advised the Minister concerned to prepare to provide MPs with explanations thus declining the main issue why the officials wanted to meet her.