Summary: It is morally reprehensible for MPs to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in such a crisis; totally unacceptable to me and the NRM. They have entered themselves into a trap and the best way out is to donate the money to the districts where they come from. Full details below.
The President of the Republic of Uganda Gen. Y.K. Museveni has on Wednesday exhibited ultimate dissatisfactory on the act of MPs and Ministers to give themselves 20M during this period of crisis.
Museveni’s reaction comes after the Parliament allocated Shs 10bn as COVID fund were every MP and Ministers received Shs 20m.
Through his social media page, President noted that it is morally reprehensible for MPs to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in such a crisis; totally unacceptable to me and the NRM.
“They have entered themselves into a trap and the best way out is to donate the money to the districts where they come from,” Mr. Museveni angrily noted.
“I heard that some MPs went and bought things, you are not a purchasing officer of the state.
“This is public money, not personal money, if you spent it wrongly you will pay it back with your salary; this will be sorted out by the Auditor-General,” added the General.
However, in one of the Speaker’s appearances on a local TV mid of this month, Kadaga said that parliament allocated Shs10b to facilitate it and MPs for Covid-19 emergencies adding that the 10bn is part of the Shs304b supplementary budget passed by Parliament early this month.
Kadaga also affirmed that Shs10b will be used to maintain the ambulances contributed by Parliament and individual MPs, provide fuel and pay allowances for the drivers of the ambulances already released by MPs to help the Covid-19 taskforces at district level.
“There has been calls for expenses on fuel and it had now become a burden to the MPs from their constituencies. “They came here saying ‘find us some money from Parliamentary budget,” she added.
The Speaker’s defense of the 10bn to the public seems not conceiving to the Head of the State who also doubles as her top-level boss after he has retorted to the Speaker’s decision on behalf of the parliament.
Museveni says those MPs and ministers who interfered with the war on coronavirus through distributing these things they bought should be warned.
“We are in an emergency; how did you distribute these things? What structures were you using?” President Museveni asked.
Further, President remarked that these are serious issues and political leaders should be perfect examples, this is why MP Francis Zaake was arrested.
“How do you arrest Zaake for interfering with the anti-corona virus wars and you leave these ones of the NRM including ministers who are purchasing food and collecting people?” He cautioned on sign out.
President’s remarks leave Kadaga hanging in a state of confusion after doing whatever she could to defend the matter including threatening NTV Mwazuze Mutya Presenter Faridah Nakazibwe on her factual reactions against the Speaker’s act.
Kadaga has also stepped to have the MPs who rejected the 20m present themselves in the Parliamentary Disciplinary Committee.
Hon. Zaake Francis Butebi of Mityana South, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of Kyadoddo East among others have so far rejected and returned the 20m to the parliamentary commission.
However, some MPs have used the 20m to purchase and give out relief food and items to defined communities from their constituencies something Mr. Museveni says to be contrary to the State’s arrangements.
Today, Butaleja Woman MP Milly Mugeni has used the 20 million given to MPs, to buy relief items for the elderly, sick, disabled, expectant mothers.
She has asked President Museveni to consider giving relief food to other districts outside Kampala and Wakiso.
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