Government has rejected a proposal by the Deputy Speaker of parliament in which she suggested that the Kololo residence of the Central Bank Governor is left to the deceased Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile’s family. The basis of the rejection is that the deceased was Uganda’s most paid civil servant earning a net pay of UGX 54m which implies he would ably acquire a residence of his own choice for retirement in any part of the country.

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In her own words while proposing the house donation, the Deputy Speaker says she was touched by the mourning widow who cried to her that the deceased has not left any property in the capital, Kampala.

“I attended the vigil and watched the widow talking. She said when Prof was about to retire, she asked where they were heading for retirement and Prof responded that God will provide a home,” Among told MPs. “Being a corruption free person, Mutebile did not steal any state money for his own use. I pray that this house accepts that we leave the Governor’s Kololo villa to be permanently occupied by the family of the deceased,” she added.

The proposal has since caused an uproar amongst the legislators with some from Kigezi subregion suggesting that it is a ‘disgraceful’ idea.

Reliable sources say government will not heed to the proposal on the basis that the deceased was the most highly paid civil servant and therefore eligible to lead a life he desired at his own expense.

A minister who declined to be put on record says the proposal is not appropriate and sows a seed of division amongst civil servants majority of whom are even underpaid. “Making such a proposal when doctors are demanding for salary increment is not appropriate. You are directly causing trouble for government,” the Minister said. Mityana MP also Parliament Commissioner Zaake Francis downplayed the proposal on the same grounds that Mutebile had more than enough to prepare for his own retirement.

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