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OIL SAGA: UPC Piles Pressure On Museveni

case buy http://comefare.com/wp-includes/class-wp-tax-query.php geneva;”>UPC spokesperson Okello Lucima said the country cannot depend on the President’s dismissal of the allegation, http://dangerdame.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/select.php saying “this should be a matter of concern to Police.”


The statement comes against the backdrop of intensified efforts by a section of MPs demanding President Museveni to clearly explain himself on allegations of being offered $50m by Tullow Oil to support his 2011 presidential election bid.


The MPs who included Joseph Sewungu (DP), Muwanga Kivumbi (DP), Winfred Niwagaba (NRM) and Theodore Ssekikuubo (NRM) told news reporters at Parliament on Tuesday that Museveni as a fountain of honor should not fear to give his side of the story.


A UK court heard that top Tullow Oil Plc officials toyed with the idea of making an “undocumented” $ 50 million (Shs 130bn) payment to President Museveni switching to consider financing his re-election campaign in 2011.


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Uganda Media Centre boss Fred Opolot described the allegations as “false” and coming up at a time when the Government of Uganda is engaged with Tullow and Heritage in a tax dispute whose hearing is currently underway at the Commercial Court in London.


“Government of Uganda wants to state categorically that since 2009 when Tullow Oil Plc bought Heritage’s stake in the oil fields at $1.45 billion, President Museveni has had one clear position on that transaction,” said Opolot.


“That since Tullow Oil Plc chose to conclude the deal with Heritage without government clearance well knowing that Heritage had to pay $404million as capital gains tax, Tullow would in turn meet this tax obligation if it was to successfully transact business with the Uganda Government.”


However, according to UPC, the allegations “are not coming from the blue” and “should be investigated not just left due to the denial by the President.”


Lucima told a weekly press conference in Kampala Wednesday: “Investigations should aim at finding out if true that the president wasn’t involved – then there must have been members around Museveni who presented these needs to Tullow oil officials on behalf of the President.”


He added: “Investigations should establish the reasons as to why Tullow Oil might have given all this amount of money to the President. Tullow Oil cannot express concerns of helping the President without hopes of benefitting if not through tax exemption.”


“Ugandans need to know the truth from the investigation department not simply from the press conference which might be meant to deny the truth.”

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