Govt files appeal in sh13b oil case

The Government has appealed against the taxation award of sh12.9b in an oil case to city lawyer Severino Twinobusingye, the Attorney General, Peter Nyombi, has revealed.

“A lot has been said about this case, but above all, an appeal has been made. I advised Parliament and my advice was ignored. The man went to court and he was awarded this money,” said Nyombi.

He said he had asked court to avail him a certified copy of the taxation proceedings in the matter for purposes of preparing and pursuing the appeal.

Early this year, the Constitutional Court awarded Twinobusingye, a supporter of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, sh12.9b as legal costs. However, the ward has since caused public outcry.

The award was in connection to a case in which Twinobusingye sued the Government challenging Parliament’s resolution to ask Mbabazi and two other Cabinet ministers to step aside as they investigated them over bribery allegations in the oil sector.

SOURCE: ( New Vision story by Henry Sekanjako, 30th July, 2013 )