It is now obvious that Ugandan Members of parliament never cease to amuse whenever it comes to debating for matters concerning their personal welfare.
Whereas in other countries, government officials are trimming their personal salaries to support the fight against COVID-19, the story is far different in Uganda where it is the opposite. The COVID-19 pandemic is a looting opportunity for them to again siphon from the public funds. In nearby Kenya, the August house was with due respect advised to suspend operations after 17 MPs contracted the deadly Corona virus disease. The speaker took heed after realising it was risky for the house to continue proceeding at such a worrying time. However, in Uganda when the Speaker was asked by cabinet to suspend parliament, she fired back and said ministers are acting jealous and infringing on the independence of the house. She swore not to call off the hearings till the budget for the Financial year 2020/21 is passed. As the standard operating procedures set up by the Health Ministry were continuously violated by the MPs, Kadaga succumbed and shifted the sessions to the spacious parliament parking lot and reduced the attendance to just 100 legislators out of the 428 MPs representing several constituencies and municipalities.
Our sources established that parliament is just battling with the executive arm of the government which from the start of the pandemic took over the decision making. While analysing the situation, Tamale Mirundi accused MPs of being greedy and selfish as they expected the president to offer them bribes in order for the current guidelines to operate and yet this is not the time for politics. Mirundi’s analysis has turned out to be true in just a glimpse. MPs yesterday set aside shs 10b in which each legislator is to walk away with a shs 20m relief package to aid them through the Corona break. The decision irked former leader of opposition, Wafula Oguttu who angrily opposed MPs for acting selfish as Ugandans are starving. On his Facebook, he published, “Now, these MPs of ours. You cut MOH Covid-19 budget and give yourselves Shs.20m each yet you have not given the medics,most especially those on the Frontline anything.Really? So insensitive and inconsiderate.”