BY OUR REPORTER
President Museveni has asked National Resistance Movement (NRM) Caucus MPs to back off the Shs6 billion given to 42 select government officials since he okayed the payment.
According to sources who attended the Tuesday meeting, Mr. Museveni said he okayed the money because he was proud of the officials who won the oil case against British oil company, Tullow Oil.
“I reject that I did anything wrong. I am very proud of these young people,” Mr. Museveni reportedly told the caucus he had called at State House, Entebbe yesterday.
He informed the meeting that the case was not ordinary, terming it ‘an international war’, which the lawyers and the tax ladies (Ms. Allen Kagina and Ms. Akol Doris), won amidst the pressure and bribery temptations.
Mr. Museveni also reiterated that during the court case proceedings, many people asked him to settle the issue out of court as it would be costly if Uganda had lost the case. “If the support staff were part of the big war that saved Uganda trillions and gained US$451 million, if they get Shs50 million for their first time in life, it is okay. It was their luck that they were part of the war,” Mr. Museveni is quoted as saying by our sources.
In the last 30 years, Mr. Museveni said he has only given the monetary ‘handshake’ twice; the first in 2006 to a group of scientists who had discovered oil whom he rewarded publicly in Kololo with the highest getting US$20,000, and the recent Shs6bn.
The President further explained that the rest of the money that was got from the oil case was what was used to partly pay the 15 per cent funds to facilitate the commencement of the Karuma and Isimba electricity dam projects.
Mr. Museveni castigated Members of Parliament for insulting good people and urged the legislators to find respectable and amicable ways of dealing with the rising issues in the country.