Kanyeihamba Accuses MPs of Betraying Ugandans On Oil Bill

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Retired Supreme Court judge, Professor George Wilson Kanyeihamba has attacked Members of Parliament for passing the oil bill which he says does not favour Ugandans.

Retired Supreme Court judge, Professor George Wilson Kanyeihamba has attacked Members of Parliament for passing the oil bill which he says does not favour Ugandans.

He said that was not a new bill but it was the 1985 Petroleum Act that was reproduced and questions why they wasted time and resources to pass the same law.

Kanyeihamba said what was more disturbing is MPs saying that the president forced them. He questioned how the president who doesn’t vote for MPs can force them to do something which is against the will of their electorate.

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Kanyeihamba is not the only one who is angry with the MPs. Members of the civil society accuse most MPs of evading the voting process something that led to the executive having its way again against ordinary Ugandans.

A member of the civil society who declined to be named said that the MPs wasted time and resources only for them to give in the end.

Only 180 members of the whole house voted as more than half of the members were away. Most of the members who had been outstanding during the debate were not around to vote on Friday.

One of them, Wilfred Niwagaba from Ndorwa East, said he would never run away from voting.
He told URN that too much was at stake for him to run away for a cause that he had so much struggled for. He said he had an urgent personal matter to sort out outside the country adding that no MP had thought that voting would take place on Friday.

He said Friday is not a day for parliament business and many MPs were not aware that voting had been scheduled for Friday.


Butaleja woman MP Cerinah Nebanda who was also strongly against the minister having the discrete powers that the bill gave to her did not vote.

She said she was away in South Africa for a workshop on African Laboratory medical association. She added that no legislator can dodge voting because they all have a right to choose either side or to abstain if they don’t want to vote.

The controversial Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill 2012 was passed on Friday December 7 after voting on contentious clause nine which stipulates the roles of the minister. The MPs pushed to have some of the roles- negotiating and endorsing oil agreements, granting and revoking licenses- but a vote that was taken had the clause reinstated as it was in the bill to let the minister play all the roles.