FDC Wants Museveni Sued For Contempt of Parliament.

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The Forum for Democratic Change has accused President Yoweri Museveni of contempt of parliament and called on all opposition MPs to seek legal redress over the signing of new oil agreements.

The Forum for Democratic Change has accused President Yoweri Museveni of contempt of parliament and called on all opposition MPs to seek legal redress over the signing of new oil agreements.
 
Last week, President Museveni addressed Parliament on oil but opposition MPs and a few NRM members walked out in protest.
 
FDC party spokesperson Wafula Oguttu says it was wrong for MPs to listen to the President especially after he disregarded and undermined the integrity and power of Parliament.
 
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On October 11th 2011, Parliament passed a resolution which included government not signing any other oil contracts and agreements or renewing licenses.
 
The MPs argued that there was no proper legislation on oil matters taking care of national interests. Government was given one month to come up with a law and it was only done early this month.
 
Wafula says a few days before the oil Bill was presented to Parliament, President Museveni went ahead to use the old law, forcing the energy minister Irene Muloni to sign new production sharing agreements with Tullow oil.
 
The conclusion of the agreement means that Tullow Oil can now sell off part of its stake to France’s Total and China’s CNOOC in what is technically known as farm down process.

Tullow will now finalise arrangements with CNOOC and Total for completion of the farm-down and the related transfer of monies. The agreement was for exploration licenses over Exploration Area 1 and Kanywataba Prospect and also the Kingfisher field.
 
FDC is convinced this hush move has hidden intentions. He adds that they support what the MPs did since the President has failed to respect the separation of powers of the state. The opposition feels that President Museveni’s address was a mere continuation of the NRM party retreat in Kyankwanzi in which he summoned the party MPs to convince them to support government plans on oil.
 
Wafula reveals that they are going to advise their Parliamentarians to seek Court redress on whether it’s right for President Museveni to be contemptuous of Parliament.
 
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Wafula says the heads of political parties under the Inter Party Coalition are set to come up with alternative measures on how the oil question should be handled.
 
Nicholas Opio, a political analyst and lawyer, however, told URN Reporter on Monday that President Museveni’s address was in order since the oil subject is of national interest.
 
But he agrees with the FDC that the President’s action to order his ministers to sign the oil agreements with Tullow was in contempt of Parliament and in disregard of the public’s views.
 
Opio adds that the President’s action is also in contempt of court since there is a pending hearing of the oil case at the constitutional court which was filed with the intention to halt the signing of oil agreements until a new law is put in place.
 
He argues that since all the oil agreements are being signed in secret without the public knowing the contents, it will be hard for Ugandans to sue government. This may also cause Tullow oil to file a counter suit whose payment will be a burden of the Ugandan taxpayer.