Journalists blocked from Museveni, COSASE meeting

Journalists Blocked From Museveni, COSASE Meeting
Members of Parliament on COSASE Committee arrive at State House Entebbe for a meeting with President Museveni over the 6 billion "Golden Handshake." Courtesy Photo.

The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) has blocked journalists from covering the meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and legislators on the Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise (COSASE) that is investigating the controversial oil cash bonanza.

A group of parliamentary reporters had accompanied for the meeting at State House in Entebbe. However, the journalists were turned away by the President’s media team, saying the president was uncomfortable with media coverage. They were asked to board a van from parliament and head back to Kampala.

Don Wanyama, the President’s Press Secretary, says it was oversight to invite journalists for the meeting since the president is uncomfortable with the coverage of the meeting. He explained that they would issue a press statement after the meeting.

The committee has been investigating that Shillings 6 billion bonus handed out to 42 public servants for their role in the arbitration of the of the Heritage oil case, which saw Uganda bag USD $ 400 million. Anita Among, the COSASE Vice Chairperson and Bukedea Woman MP, says they want to establish whether the president actually gave out the bonuses and why he did it among other things.

According to Among, the committee decided to meet the president because he is at the center of the oil cash bonus controversy.