Kampala, Uganda | PWATCHUG| Former Energy Minister, Syda Bbumba has feigned ignorance of the content in an oil production sharing agreement that led to a $157 million tax waiver to Tullow Oil Company.
Bbumba is in the eye of the storm after President Yoweri Museveni, while meeting legislators on the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) recently, accused the Nakaseke North MP of inserting a clause in the production sharing agreement that allowed Tullow to receive the tax waiver for an out of court settlement.
President Museveni told the MPs investigating the Ugx 6 billion handshake payment to 42 government officials that Bbumba, who served as minister between 2006 and 2008, signed the agreement without his knowledge yet she had no powers to give the exemption.
The matter also came to the fore after a consortium of civil society organisations, while appearing before COSASE in February this year, presented evidence, pinning government for illegally giving the tax waiver to Tullow without following due process.
The committee, led by Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu, talked early this week to Bbumba, who was invited to defend herself against the allegations.