Karuhanga sh10b COVID-19 money petition
Karuhanga: I Won’t Apologize for petitioning court on sh10b COVID-19 money. FILE PHOTO

Speaker Kadaga vowed to take action against Gerald Karuhanga and his counterpart Jonathan Odur over sh10b COVID-19 petition

Last week the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga vowed to take action against legislators Gerald Karuhanga and his counterpart Jonathan Odur who turned against Parliament as regards to the sh10bn shillings allocated to legislators to help them in the fight against COVID-19 in their respective Constituencies.

The deviant legislators were referred to Rules, Privileges and Disciplinary Committee to account for their actions of petitioning the court to block the sh10bn COVID-19 shillings allocated to MPs.

These include Ntugamo Municipality Member of Parliament, Gerald Karuhanga and his counterpart Jonathan Odur, the Erute South Member of Parliament for attempting to solve parliamentary matters in court.

Karuhanga and Odur ran to court asking it to block the 20m shillings from being given out to MPs. But Kadaga acted contrary to the court’s ruling saying Parliamentary matters cannot be solved in court.

Following the matter, Karuhanga is unapologetic of his move to seek legal redress from the court against Parliament to appropriate 10bn shillings to the members saying parliament failed in a due process of appropriating funds to its members.

Karuhanga also accuses Parliament of denying him a Constitutional Right of presenting a minority report as a member of the budget committee which forced him to seek legal redress.

“Let’s focus on the issue; the issue is that members passed 10bn for themselves without due process. I had some members who are supporting our position, which was that one would want to disassociate ourselves with the 10bn shillings completely. Now the others from the majority of the House, was shouting, barking at us, so the entire House was standing up, and so that’s how this budget was passed,” Karuhanga said.

Karuhanga sh10b COVID-19 money petition
Karuhanga: I Won’t Apologize for petitioning court on sh10b COVID-19 money. FILE PHOTO

Karuhanga points out that some legislators are not intending to return to Parliament while others have no hope of returning because even if they run, they have doubts of being re-elected to Parliament once again.

So, according to him, this puts the 10 million funds allocated to them in question, whether it will be used for the intended purpose.

“We have colleagues who don’t intend to run again, there are colleagues who know that even if they are running they will not make it back to Parliament,” Karuhanga said.

Karuhanga in his point of view says MPs should donate and support their voters during these difficult times but not using the tax payer’s money.

He said he as a person is looking forward to donating 50 tons of rice to the health workers on the frontline.

“I am looking forward to donating 50 tons of rice to the health workers in Uganda. So, I will have a package for people in Ntugamo, but I want to reach out to all friends as we raise the 50 tons of rice to support the people who are doing the most critical work, the health workers who are putting their lives at stake for the sake of our lives,” Karuhanga said.

Just like Karuhanga and Odur, another legislator The Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi was also dragged to the Parliamentary Disciplinary Committee to face charges of framing the 20 million shillings allocated to each MP a bribe.

Kyagulanyi, Trade and Industry Minister, Amelia Kyambadde and others have already returned the 20 million shillings in question.