The Buhweju Member of Parliament, capsule Francis Mwijukye has said Parliament should decide who should refund the Shs 6bn handshake money but not President Yoweri Museveni.
Mwijukye who is also member of Forum for Democratic Change National Executive Committee, told ChimpReports at Parliament that it is premature for Museveni to decide to refund the money since the house is yet to receive the committee report and come up with resolutions.
“Parliament is yet to sit and exhaust on what the COSASE committee is going to bring on table. It very early for Museveni to say he is going to refund that money,” Mwijukye said.
According to Mwijukye, the beneficiaries of the handshake should also be held responsible for the money.
“Those who took the money can’t go off the hook. They should also get ready to return our money.”
A total of 42 government officials who categorized themselves as “core, non-core and support staff” allocated and distributed to themselves 6bn for their participation in the tax battle between Uganda and British oil giant, Heritage Oil and Gas Company.
Mwijukye stressed that if Museveni wants to save the 42 officials he should not think of using any part of the taxpayer’s money but sell his own cows to refund the money.
“The president should sell his cows if he wants to save the people who took the money. Picking it from the taxpayer’s money is out of question.”
On Wednesday, Museveni told MPs during a closed door meeting that he going to refund the money using part of his State House donation budget.