30 January 2017, Kampala – Parliament’s Rules of Procedure spell out that committees should take 45 days to investigate a matter and file a report to the House for debate and resolutions.
But the committee investigating what has come to be known as the oil cash bonanza was given two months to investigate whether procedures were flouted when selected government officials signed up for Shs52b to handle two oil cases and later shared an additional Shs6b for a job well done
When the Abdu Katuntu led- Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) began inquiries into the contentious payments this week, it was not lost on keen observers that the inquiry faces an uphill task in establishing what went wrong with the payments.
The plan of the committee is to quiz all selected government officials who benefited from the over Shs60b that was spent as Uganda battled two British oil firms.
But it will not be a smooth ride to establish what went wrong.
How many government officials benefited from the payment?
The first question that the inquiry has had to contend with is identifying exactly how many government officials benefited from the payments, the role they played and who they are.
Varying lists of beneficiaries have been making rounds since the scandal of the payments broke in December. The lists have different names and different amounts.
Mbarara Municipality MP Michael Tusiime, the lead petitioner in the case, dropped a bombshell this week when he tabled a list of 36 selected officials that he said are the beneficiaries.
- The Monitor