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Rugunda speaks on murder suspects re-arrest, oil sector

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Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Ruganda

MPs
have used the Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQT) to raise concerns about the
violent re-arrest of suspects granted bail on murder charges relating to the
death of former police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

The
legislators expressed worry about events in the oil sector, which have since
delayed commercial production of oil.

Relating
to energy, MPs said utility company Umeme should be probed for services below
bar, concerns the Prime Minister assuaged in his responses.

“The
position of government is for respect of the rule of law…if there are any
deferring practices, government would follow it up and take corrective
measures,” said Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, in relation to the arrest of
the suspects.

The
bail application of four accused persons succeeded but they were re-arrested on
court premises by heavily armed plain clothed security personnel believed to be
from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), the army’s intelligence
arm.

The
arrest angered MP Asuman Basalirwa (Jeema, Bugiri Municipality), who asked for
clarification from Premier Rugunda.

“The
Chief Justice recently issued a directive that suspects who have been granted
bail or acquitted shouldn’t be rearrested within the precincts of court, but
this seems to be continuing as suspects, mostly Muslims, are arrested at
court…what is the government’s position on this issue?” said Basalirwa.

Calling
the arrest “high handed”, Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, in a statement issued on
behalf of Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, asked government to end the practice.

“Such
blatant actions, as this one, sadly leads to people’s loss of faith in the
Courts of Judicature, which can only result in strong ramifications…” said
Justice Owiny-Dollo in a statement.

MP
Richard Othieno (NRM, West Budama South) raised concern about the withdrawal of
Tullow Oil from the exploration altogether, a conversation that prominently
featured in a Tanzania-Uganda business summit attended by President Yoweri
Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart, John Pombe Magufuli.

“Government
is pursuing this matter with the concerned oil companies with the view of
getting the oil out as soon as possible but without compromising the interests
of this country,” said Rugunda, in response to MP Othieno’s question.

Unlike
neighbouring Kenya, Uganda has insisted on building an oil refinery as against
exporting crude oil, which officials argue will make better economic sense.

A
pipeline through Tanzania is to be constructed but delays have seen the
postponement of actual exploration for years.

The
Premier’s question time ended with a cry from the Leader of the Opposition, Hon
Betty Aol Ocan, who requested to be given substantial time to make a rejoinder
to the Prime Minister.

Speaker
Rebecca Kadaga tasked her to present the proposals to the Committee on Rules,
Privileges and Discipline for consideration.

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