Emerging credible sources reveal that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa has disbursed a whooping UGX 40m fee to financially crippled legislators aligned to his ruling NRM party.
Similar concerns were raised by Mukono municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke while appearing on the NBS Barometer Extra frontline on Tuesday night.
She said the opposition had landed on a secret scheme by Gen. Museveni to tactically rescue only the less resilient NRM MPs who are decrying the poverty arising from the lockdown. “He plans to give each NRM MP UGX 40m to take them through the lockdown,” said Nambooze. “That money is too much to rescue the ailing health sector,” she added.
Given that a complete ICU bed is rated at UGX 8m, the UGX 40m to one NRM MP is an equivalent of about 4 ICU beds. With 249 available ICU beds, not even half the 529 MPs in the eleventh parliament can get access to the scarce bed space.
NRM has more than 370 MPs and if each gets the 40m from Museveni, that money is enough to construct regional hospitals and equip them with the 4200 ICU beds Museveni wanted to achieve with the covid relief loans last year before the money was shared by taskforce members!