As the media is awash with news of the 20 million fund for the Ugandan Members of Parliament meant to help them fight coronavirus, People Power leader who also doubles as Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine has come out to show his dissatisfaction with this development.
According to his official statement about the matter, Bobi wine believes that every member of parliament has a duty to get from his/her personal finance to help the needy and the poor just as he usually does, not squeezing the already poor citizens by encroaching on their tax.
According to him, the 20 million shillings was a bait that was set in order to entice the members of parliament to pass the “dubious” 300 billion money meant to fight coronavirus.
Bobi wine rejected the notion that the 20 millions were meant to help the MPs carry out their roles during the coronavirus period revealing the cardinal roles of an MP who he says included legislation, representation, budget allocation and government oversight.
“On the 20 million shillings therefore…let me clarify that I have not received this money. Should it be deposited on my account, I will immediately order my back to return it to the consolidated fund and demand that it is put to its proper purpose.”
On 8th April, a supplementary budget was presented on the floor of parliament which saw a majority report presented by the chairman of the budget committee Hon. Lugolobi Amos (NRM) seeking that every member of parliament be paid 20 millions. A minority report was also presented by Hon. Gerald Karuhanga but it was quashed as the majority won with the highest support.
According to Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko. The minority report could not beat the majority report because of their few number, calling upon citizens to always make good choices during elections.