Government insists on oil law powers

However, Attorney General Peter Nyombi rejected Mr Katuntu’s passionate pleas. “Even if there was a narrow window to refer Katuntu’s proposal to the committee, that would be an exercise in futility,” he said.

Friday December 7 2012

By ISAAC IMAKA & SHEILA NATURINDA

MPs were late last night locked in bitter disagreement over whether to refer Clause 9, which spells out the energy minister’s powers in the oil Bill, to a House committee.

By press time, the government side had rejected a new proposal presented by Mr Abdu Katuntu.

However, Attorney General Peter Nyombi rejected Mr Katuntu’s passionate pleas. “Even if there was a narrow window to refer Katuntu’s proposal to the committee, that would be an exercise in futility,” he said.

Ruling party MPs turned up in large numbers following a morning caucus meeting addressed by their chairman, President Museveni. Sources said the MPs were whipped into line, held a mock vote in which Mr Museveni’s wishes
for the Energy minister to retain near-unilateral powers to grant and revoke licences, and to negotiate agreements, carried the day.
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