A group of MPs have dismissed the President and Prime Minister’s allegations that they were bribed by foreign oil companies.
By Moses Mulondo
Members of Parliament under the Parliamentary Forum on Oil and Gas (PFOG) have dismissed President Yoweri Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s allegations that they were bribed by foreign oil companies.
While addressing Parliament on Thursday, the President said he had asked the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to investigate circumstances under which some MPs were paid huge sums of money to push through foreign interests in the Oil Bill.
Describing PFOG led by Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo as a group of saboteurs and agents of foreign interests, the President alleged they had compromised MPs with money ranging from sh1m to sh5m.
Addressing a press conference at Parliament on Friday, Ssekikubo said, “We want to tell Ugandans that in all our deliberations in Parliament, we were under no foreign interests except the interests of Ugandans.”
He explained that all the amendments they influenced in the Bill amounting to 98 clauses were aimed at ensuring that all Ugandans benefit from the oil resource.
“The original Bill government had brought wanted to create a national petroleum company owned by individuals and we successful pushed for an amendment to turn it into a state company owned by all Ugandans. Is that pushing for foreign interests?” Ssekikubo argued.
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