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Senior Ugandan government officials resign over oil scandal

October 14, 2011

KAMPALA, Uganda — Three senior Ugandan government officials were asked to step down Wednesday amid allegations that they accepted bribes from a British oil company, The New York Times reported.

Parliament met in an emergency session late on Tuesday and called for the country’s prime minister, foreign minister and internal affairs minister to resign while it investigated allegations that millions of dollars in bribes were paid to various officials by UK-based Tullow Oil, the article stated.

Tullow Oil has denied the allegations.

Uganda is estimated to have substantial oil reserves — at least 2.5 billion barrels — that it has only recently begun to develop.