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Lawyer apologises to speaker over Shs 6bn bonus court order

The lawyer who secured a court order seeking to block parliament from probing or debating the Shs 6 billion oil cash bonuses has apologized to speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

Alex Chandia told journalists at the parliament on Wednesday afternoon, where he had come to meet the speaker, that he didn't know the implications the order would have on the activities of parliament and government business.

On Tuesday, Kadaga suspended the house until the attorney general moves to the constitutional court to vacate "the stupid order."

"I cannot accept a situation where a court dictates on how we shall speak in this House, on how we shall write the order paper... that is unacceptable. So honourable members, I want to direct the Attorney General to move to court immediately and get this 'stupid' court order vacated," Kadaga said.
The speaker's outburst came a day after Chandia filed an application before the deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma on behalf of Eric Sabbitti seeking orders to stop parliament from discussing the cash bonanza, in which, 42 government officials shared Shs 6 billion after helping Uganda to secure over $400 million (Shs 1.4 trillion) in capital gains tax resulting from the transaction between Heritage and Tullow Oil.

Alex Chandia

Yesterday, Chandia stormed parliament to apologise to the speaker but she was reportedly away from office. He instead met MPs Elijah Okupa and Anita Among, who drafted part of the oil cash bonus motion. He apologised to the speaker in absentia over the consequences of the order.
“We all know that without the parliament, work in the whole country may not be working and I got concerned. I came to the speaker to express our regret and actions not the fact that we have represented the client because it is our legal duty to represent the client. But the effect of our actions, is that now the country is not running or may not be running for some time. I had come to the speaker to apologise that we did not know that our actions would cause far-reaching consequences to the country and therefore we also wish to apologise to the nation for the effect for the order that we obtained has caused
He however, insisted that his apology doesn't mean that the order is unlawful.

“My apology does not mean the order is illegal or unlawful but am considering the consequences of this order to the whole country. It was the sole reason I came to the speaker to express my displeasure at the consequences all of us will be facing. Am going to advise my client to withdraw [the application] and if he decided to continue that means there will be conflict of interest, therefore I will also not be able to continue…He is at liberty to get another lawyer.”

On his part Okupa, said it is good Chandia has realized the implications of the order, saying they are only waiting for court to quash it before parliament resumes business.

“That shows that all of Ugandans who are concerned are moving together and I want to appreciate Mr Chandia’s concern to come and meet the speaker and then finally getting to meet us two such that we can have smooth operations of the country. I think if other organisations including the people in parties can adopt this type of approach of sorting out things, I think it would make things move faster”, he said.

Earlier the Judiciary commended parliament’s efforts to have the order reversed.

“The Judiciary has noted that parliament is aggrieved by the decision of the Constitutional court and has in that respect directed the attorney general to take immediate steps to have the order set aside by the Constitutional court. The action taken by parliament is commendable and is in accordance with the rule of law because the law allows any aggrieved party to appeal or challenge the decision of a court. In this case, the attorney general is at liberty against the decision…” wrote Gadenya Paul Wolimbwa, chief registrar.


+5 #1 George Musinga 2017-01-12 06:45
The Judiciary is now talking. The CJ needs to come out clearly and assure the nation that we shall not see such Kavuma drama again.

Hon. Kadaga, stick to your gun. Way to ho
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+2 #2 Eastern 2017-01-12 10:06
This has exposed the gullibility of Alex Chandia as a lawyer; a very greedy move indeed!
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0 #3 Gwok 2017-01-12 11:42
Quoting George Musinga:
The Judiciary is now talking. The CJ needs to come out clearly and assure the nation that we shall not see such Kavuma drama again.

Hon. Kadaga, stick to your gun. Way to ho

I agree BUT it is to later now because with the parliament shut down, last impediment on the was to tranfering power to the son has been cleared. They are SMART, I tell you.
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+2 #4 nkuutu kibedi 2017-01-12 12:16
I have been having this idea that lawyers are supposed to be analytical in their assessment of cases brought to them by their clients; they are supposed to be advising their clients on the issues that a case may or may not contain: in short they are supposed to know the law!

Not so with Chandia: he ACTUALLY admits IGNORANCE on his part.

What a lawyer! But not to be hard on him, maybe he has no idea about Constitutional Law; maybe he wanted the money for the case; we shall never know. We should instead take heart to the fact that this case is not going anywhere right now, and that the people of Uganda have shown (thru their representatives) that we still have the guts to say: NO! NOT ANYMORE.

I hope that the law fraternity will borrow from Chandia and NEXT time take some time to analyze cases, not just look at the financial benefits.
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+1 #5 kabayekka 2017-01-12 12:51
Supposing this small time lawyer had gone to the bush and start to sort out a legal guerilla warfare in the poor villages of Uganda?
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+1 #6 Mkokoteni 2017-01-12 13:17
Now all this drama is very clear even to the blind and the deaf, the infamous 42 shared the 1%.

The Emperor got his 49% as usual from which Steven the terrible is angling to secure a 1%.

Looking like madam Kadaga as the name clearly translates was left on the fence mourning,,, kabiiri adaga,,,, so now she is touching the ground with one hand and the other hand scratching the sky in anger!!

Uganda as a nation may end up getting about 20% or less, but one wonders, the 42 who were rewarded, will they use the same roads, hospitals, schools for their grandchildren like the rest of us in mutukula,,,,,,the ordinary Ugandans?

Just curious! Are they likely to build own roads, hospitals, markets to use or we are to use the same infrastructures??
Can the wise men advise us on this,, pliz
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