The speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Anita Among has today lost her cool following days of protests from a section of legislayors opposed to her mandatory deduction of UGX 1m off their salaries to support the Oulanyah Education Trust Fund that was hatched to support the orphans and beneficiaries that were under the care of the deceased speaker Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah.
Speaking during plenary this afternoon, an infuriated Among lashed out at MPs for allegedly breaching the resolution they had arrived at, to support the orphans under the scheme. Among insists that the decision was arrived at on concensus and with consent of each of the MPs that paid tribute to the fallen Oulanyah.
She however expressed dismay with the MPs who went to the media and criticized her for the mandatory deduction of each of the MPs’ salaries by UGX 1m to support the scheme.
She has since directed all the protesting MPs to pile their list so she can refund their money in cash using her ‘personal’ money. Inside sources say MPs have since feared to write their names down in fear of reprisals as she may deny some of them trips and other benefits.
Pundits have criticized Among for using excessive powers in running Parliament. Most MPs fear to express their views following a precedent in which Among championed the censure of Mityana MP Zaake Francis Butebi as a member of the Parliamentary commission.