President Museveni has summoned the Attorney General and Mr Ali Sekatawa, a former lawyer of the Uganda Revenue Authority, who benefitted from the Shs6 billion oil handshake.
The money in question was shared between 42 government officials who successfully argued Uganda’s capital gains tax cases against two British oil firms; Heritage Oil and Tullow Oil.
The presidential summons was revealed during a High Court session presided over by Justice Andrew Bashaija in Kampala on Monday.
Mr Brain Kabaiza, the lawyer who represented Mr Sekatawa, told court that his client was absent on grounds that he had got a communication on Sunday together with the AG from the President, summoning them for a meeting.
However, he did not reveal whether the meeting with the President has already taken place. Senior Presidential press secretary Don Wanyama, when contacted, denied knowledge of such meeting.
The court was in session in regard to the suit filed by Mr Sekatawa, who challenged a June 2017 parliament report that recommended that the beneficiaries of the oil cash presidential handshake refund the money, and that the IGG should investigate them further. Mr Sekatawa was paid Shs242m as part of the Shs6b handshake.
The matter had come up for cross-examination of Attorney General William Byaruhanga. But Mr Sekatawa’s lawyer told court that the AG was also summoned by the President for the meeting.
Justice Bashaija adjourned the case to February 28 next year to allow the Attorney General to show up and be cross examined.
In his suit, Mr Sekatawa, now an employee with the Petroleum Authority, says the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), in recommending a refund of the handshake, was biased and did not give enough opportunity to the beneficiaries of what he calls the “presidential reward” to be heard, thereby denying them a right to a fair hearing in contravention of articles 20(1) and 3; 28 (1); 42 and 44 of the Constitution.