Uganda Passes Controversial Oil Bill, Moving Anti-Homosexuality Bill Up On Agenda

Jim Burroway

December 7th, 2012

The pro-government New Vision confirms it:

After a series of debates and disagreement majorly over Clause 9 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill 2012. The Oil bill has eventually been passed Friday Afternoon. Details coming soon.

This is a distressing turn of events for many reasons. First, for the Ugandan people, this bill will effectively give President Yoweri Museveni sole discretion to decide who wins and who loses  in awarding billions of dollars in valuable oil contracts as Uganda begins developing its newly-discovered oil reserves. Parliament is now out of the loop, with no oversight into how the decisions are made. This of course represents a massive new opening in Uganda’s already notoriously corrupt political culture. In essence, the Ugandan people’s oil will litterally be stolen out from under them.

It’s also distressing because, according to the published Order Papers on the Parliament’s web site, there was no notice that Parliament was even going to meet today. Parliament typically does not meet on Mondays and Fridays. Consequently, just barely half of the House showed up for the vote.

Which is why the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is waiting in the wings. This oil grab has proved hightly unpopular with the media and the general public. Which means that it’s time for that distraction I’ve been warning you about, a distraction that could come as early as next Monday.

Bruce Wilson

December 8th, 2012

We also have the simultaneous, grim spectacle of Uganda’s hosting negotiations, with Rwanda and the DRC, over M23’s military adventurism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Carl

December 8th, 2012

If all gay people in the country are going to be killed they might as well die fighting.

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