Lawyer Sabiiti Withdraws Oil Debate Petition from Court
A lawyer who on January 9, 2017 petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking an interim order to stop Parliament from debating and investigating circumstances under which 42 government officials received Ugx 6 billion as bonuses to defend a tax case, has withdrawn the petition.
Eric Sabiiti withdrew the petition on January 12, 2017 from the Constitutional Court.
“I, Sabiiti Eric, being the petitioner/applicant in the above mentioned matters hereby withdraw the above Constitutional Petition No. 4 of 2017; Sabiiti Eric vs Attorney General and Constitutional application No. 6 of 2017,” the withdraw letter reads.
Sabiiti’s lawyer, Alex Candia of Candia and D.W Oundo Advocates also consented to the withdrawal.
Candia, who apologised to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga about the interim order on Wednesday, confirmed the withdrawal, saying a meeting with all parties, including the Attorney General’s office, had agreed to the action.
On January 10th, Kadaga resolved to suspend committee and House sittings indefinitely until government vacates the court order stopping the August House from probing how the officers were paid the bonuses, a matter which drew wide public anger.
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament ordered the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana, to return to court and have the injunction issued by Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma on January 9, 2017, quashed.
Her directive stemmed from a protracted debate in Parliament on January 10, in which MPs condemned the Constitutional court order and termed it as a ploy to block Parliament’s core role of legislating.