COSASE To Meet Former URA, Energy Beneficiaries
The committee Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) is scheduled to meet its last batch of witnesses in the Ugx 6 billion presidential handshake probe next week.
Committee chairman, Abdu Katuntu says the committee will meet the former Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Allen Kagina, Jennifer Musisi former URA Commissioner Legal Affairs, Peter Muliisa, also a former employee of URA and Kaliisa Kabagambe, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy.
The quartet will meet the committee on Thursday next week to explain their contribution in the oil arbitration case between government and Heritage Oil and Gas Limited, which led to the payment of the Shs 6 billion bonus to 42 public officers.
According to Katuntu, the four have not had an opportunity to meet with the committee regarding their roles.
The committee will also meet Andrew Mwenda; a journalist will also meet the MPs, together with the Elders’ Forum, led by retired Justice James Ogoola on Monday.
On Wednesday, the committee will meet the Central Bank Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile regarding the amount of money the country has earned from the oil sector.
The committee will also meet the Ministry of Finance officials on Friday next weekand conclude its public hearings.
The committee is also seeking an appointment with the President to interface over his role in endorsing the Ugx 6 billion shillings payment.
The Speaker is expected to meet with the chairperson of the committee to discuss plans for 6 members of the committee to meet Curtis, the external lawyers hired by government to defend the country in London.
The committee was expected to meet the Uganda Law Society on February 23, 2017; however its president, Francis Gimara did not turn up.
This angered Katuntu, who wondered why they did not communicate in time. He said the committee will not call them again.
“I want to express my disappointment with the Law Society. They are under statutory obligation to advise the public and this country on issues of legal nature and this is one of them. When the calling arose, they are nowhere to be seen and yet you’ll hear them talk about these issues in workshops,” Katuntu lamented.
However in a statement, the Uganda Law Society stated that Gimara had a prior engagement in the East African Court of Appeal in Arusha Tanzania.