Mr Kavuma’s order blocking Parliament from debating the matter was issued a day after an application was filed in the Constitutional Court by a senior lawyer at the Electoral Commission.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has written to President Museveni asking him to investigate what she calls calculated attempts to suffocate the workings of the legislature by some by civil servants.
The speaker’s letter comes after her decision to adjourn the House indefinitely on Tuesday following an order by Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma blocking the legislature from debating the Shs6b bonus that was paid to 42 public officials who took part in the legal battles that won Uganda a total of $700b against oil companies.
Among the beneficiaries is Uganda Revenue Authority boss Doris Akol, her predecessor Allen Kagina who now heads the Uganda National Roads Authority, and Ms Jennifer Musisi, a former commissioner at URA who currently heads the Kampala Capital City Authority. Two former attorneys general, Mr Peter Nyombi and Freddie Ruhindi, also shared part of the money, just like Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi and his predecessor, the late Chris Kassami.
Mr Kavuma’s order blocking Parliament from debating the matter was issued a day after an application was filed in the Constitutional Court by a senior lawyer at the Electoral Commission. Ms Kadaga, after the order was cited by Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana as a reason why Parliament would not proceed to discuss the matter on Tuesday, angrily adjourned Parliament indefinitely and instructed the Attorney General to proceed to court and get “the stupid order vacated.” She said by stopping Parliament from debating the matter of bonus payments, the order was tying legislators’ hands to discuss matters pertaining to the budget, among others.
Mr Eric Sabiiti, the one who filed the petition, has since said he has withdrawn the petition.
- Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (L) has written to president Yoweri over the ’stupid’ court order.