Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ugandan parliament probes 'bribes'

Thomas Molloy

UGANDA'S parliament formed a committee yesterday to investigate claims of irregularities in the oil industry, including claims that three ministers took bribes to endorse deals, parliament chairman Rebecca Kadaga said. The probe is expected to take three months.

Ugandan lawmakers voted three weeks ago to halt any further oil contracts, including the government's approval of Dublin-listed Tullow Oil's $2.9bn (€2bn) sale of stakes in three oil blocks, until the probes are completed.

The committee will investigate whether Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and Internal Affairs Minister Hillary Onek received bribes from companies including Tullow Oil, local newspapers reported.

The three ministers have denied the allegations. Tullow Oil also rejected allegations made in parliament against the company of bribery and corruption as "outrageous and wholly defamatory".

The energy minister has said previously that he would seek to reverse a parliament vote that delayed approval of Tullow's sale of oil blocks to Total and China National Offshore Oil.

Irish Independent

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