The High court in Kampala has issued an interim order blocking the distribution and implementation of the 10bn Shs allocated to facilitate Members of Parliament in the committees established by the House to join national activities in the fight against the pandemic.
Presiding Judge Esta Nambayo says that no MP should use this money until 29th/April/2020 when the case filed by Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga and Jonathan Odur, the Erute North MP against the Parliamentary Commission and the Attorney General of government will be heard and disposed of.
In the Petition filed against the Parliamentary Commission and the Attorney General, Karuhanga and Odur contend that giving the said contentious money to MPs during this COVID-19 lockdown is not only unfair but also illegal, because it is tantamount to corruption and looting state resources
The injunction which was issued by the High Court barring the Parliamentary Commission from disbursing the money to MPs reads:
This Application coming on the 21st day of April 2020 for hearing before the Honorable Lady Justice Esta Nambeya in the presence of David FK Mpanga, Counsel for the Applicants and Sitna Cherotich, Counsel for the 1st Respondent, and upon hearing arguments of Counsel
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows;
Miscellaneous Application No 179 of 2020 for a temporary injunction be and is hereby set down for hearing on 29th April at 11:00Am.
That until the hearing and determination of Miscellaneous Application No 179 of 2020, the status quo pursuant to paragraphs 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Affidavit of Gerald Karuhanga sworn in support of this application be maintained i.e the monies in the sum of the UGX10,000,000,000 (Uganda Shillings Ten Billions) appropriated to the 1st Respondent under the impugned amendment to the report of the Budget Committee in Supplementary Expenditure Schedules No. 2 Addendum 1 and 2 for the FY 2019/2020 remain undistributed until the determination of Miscellaneous Application No. 179 of 2020 or if already paid, the Members of Parliament are ordered not to dissipate or spend the same until the hearing and final determination of Miscellaneous Application No. 179 of 2020 or until further orders of this Honorable Court.”