Uganda Parliament approves Members of National Board of Petroleum

Nig refiUganda Parliamentary Appointments committee approved the members of the new national Board of the Petroleum Authority.

The Board of the Petroleum Authority vetted Dr. Jane Nambakire Mulemwa as Chairperson and two members to the board counsel; Kiryowa Kiwanuka and Eng. Patrick Nakoko Masuba. Mr. Michael Olupot Tukei was also vetted as the Deputy Executive Director of the Financial Intelligence Authority which is intended to prohibit money laundering into the country.

The Board chairperson of the Petroleum Authority Dr. Jane Nambakire Mulemwa said that she will ensure that the Authority has guidelines and policies which stop loopholes which can expose it to abuse and temptations like corruption.

A legal member to the board, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, said that they will focus much on making sure this authority benefits Ugandans so as they do not regard oil as a curse.

The same committee has approved all 12 Judges appointed for Supreme Court and court of Appeal. Judges included Augustine Nshimye, Faith Mwodha, Eldad Mwangushya, and Lady Justice Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa. The vetted Alphonse Owiny Dollo, Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke, Paul Mugamba, Simon Byabakama, Catherine Bamugemereire, Cheborian Barishaki, Hellen Obura and Cheborion Basrishaki .

Sources say that MPs questioned the judged over high case backlog and concerned about the alleged corruption in judiciary. The judges were questioned about the loss of case files in courts and lack of supervision of lower courts.
Shortly after vetting, one of the Supreme Court Judges, Eldad Mwangushya, pledged to clear all cases they will find in Supreme Court.

These judges have been appointed by President Yoweri Museveni and approved by parliament as the country prepares for 2016 election process which could bring in some election petitions filed by aggrieved parties in court and some go to the level of the supreme court


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