By Madrine Nabatanzi
The leading opposition political party, the National Unity Platform has accused Parliament of secretly giving the members of Parliament Shs40M.
This money was being issued to the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Anita Among’s home in Kampala.
“NUP is the largest opposition party and by virtue of that has representation in the parliamentary commission which is the Legislature’s administrative decision-making organ, and it was on Saturday 11th June 2022 when MPs belonging to this party reached out to their leadership asking about their position on the Shs40M that was being given out to each member of Parliament,” NUP said in a statement.
“The party set out to establish the truth that NRM members were receiving this money in cash from parliament while opposition and independent MPs were receiving it from the home of the Speaker of Parliament Ms. Anita Among! They were told that the money was a token of appreciation, while others were told that the money was meant to supplement their income in the tough economic situation in the country,” it added.
NUP said that some MPs were allegedly told to go with boda-bodas and cars that don’t belong to them in order to disguise themselves.
“NUP appreciates those who immediately realized that this was a trap and refused to partake in it. A quick summation of these funds shows that the regime is spending over Shs20Bn on this illegal, immoral, and corrupt venture,”
This they said is going on at a time when the citizens of Uganda are grappling with skyrocketing commodity prices and an extremely tough economic situation.
“The Party convened an emergency Caucus meeting and resolved those members belonging to NUP who had picked the money return it immediately because it was clearly a bribe,”
In a counter-press statement, responding to the above allegations, Chris Obore the Director of Communications at Parliament said that Parliament had not paid a single coin to any MP.
“Parliament distances itself from the alleged payment as claimed by NUP, and treats it as a deliberate, persistent smear campaign against the leadership of Parliament,” he said adding,
“As leaders, the MPs who NUP claims received the money are duty-bound under section 10 of the Penal Code Act 2002 (as amended) to declare the same to the inspectorate of Government for proper investigation. The public is advised to treat the statement from NUP as mere allegations without basis since, as earlier mentioned, Parliament does not make cash payments to MPs,” he added.