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Tension as Kadaga adjourns parliament until Kavuma court order vacated

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has adjourned parliament until a court order by the Constitutional Court halting any discussion on the “Presidential Handshake”  is vacated.

“I cannot accept a situation where the court dictates how we operate and determine the order paper,” Kadaga said. “I direct the Attorney General to move to court and have this stupid order vacated.”

Uganda’s Constitutional Court on Monday issued an interim order stopping parliament from debating,  investigating or inquiring into the “Presidential Handshake” – bonuses given to government officials after they won an international tax court case against Heritage – until a main petition filed against the Attorney General is heard and disposed of.

Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on Monday granted the application filed by Eric Sabiiti the Senior Legal Officer Incharge of Litigation at the Electoral Commission.

On November 16, 2015 Museveni directed that a team of 42 government officials who had represented  Uganda in the UK based oil company Heritage case be given 6billion shillings in appreciation – now referred to as the “Presidential Handshake” . (See story here)

Some of the officials reported to have received part of the sh6 billion include Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, former Attorney General Peter Nyombi and his then deputy Fred Ruhindi, Doris Akol, the URA Commissioner General, her predecessor Allen Kagina, KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi.

A section of members of parliament had suggested that selected government officials return the sh6 billion bonus they got after wining an oil tax money  case against Heritage in London. They were paid in “recognition of their efforts” to recover Capital Gains Tax.

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