Over the past two weeks, members of parliament have been subjected to condemnation for their dishonest allocation of the shs 10b at this point of the pandemic when Ugandans are still struggling with hunger and financial frustrations.
A lot of debates have been ongoing with the legislators being castigated for committing an act other arms of government; judiciary and executive termed as ‘greed’. In fact, the court and Mr. Museveni hit the final nail on parliament’s coffin of shame when they directed them to either refund the money or hand it over to their respective district taskforces.
Bobi Wine the hero
Putting his international CNN and ‘The Times’ accolades aside, the Kyadondo East legislator has emerged a hero to the plight of Ugandans amidst all this dilemma. Right from the start, Bobi Wine had publicly rejected the package and termed it a bribe, a thing that ignited anger from Kadaga who committed him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee. As analysts like Tamale Mirundi anticipated him to take the money and buy necessities for his Kyadondo constituents, Bobi Wine issued a condemnation statement on April 16 distancing himself from the money. As an exemplary leader, Bobi Wine looks at his moral principles first before anything. Accepting to take the money like other opposition MPs; Ssemujju Nganda or Mubarak Munyagwa did would be self betrayal to what Bobi stands for. He had to go against all odds and reject the money after all he had been digging in his personal savings to assist the badly off people using his mobile door to door delivery. An emotional line that grips our attention in Bobi’s statement is, “Ugandans are bearing a brunt of this predicament. There have been reports of numerous people failing to access health centres due to limited transport means, and a result some have succumbed to various ailments…”
As the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga is striving to jump out of Museveni’s trap, Bobi Wine is miles ahead of them. The legislator has won more trust in the Ugandan plight for exhibiting trust and firmness. Museveni clearly stared stated that parliament fell in his trap. This means he had wanted Bobi Wine to fall in the trap probably but the smart legislator did not. If this was a poker game, Bobi Wine has hit them with Joker. If it’s a football match, Bobi Wine has scored a hattrick. Bobi Wine had even went ahead to warn these MPs about the bribe but they didn’t listen to him. “We warned the members of parliament initially. We told them that this money was immoral, illegal and it was a trap unfortunately so many of them never listened to us and yes they fell into a trap,” Bobi said.