MPs allocated themselves a total of Shs10 billion
President Museveni slams MPs for allocating themselves money. FILE PHOTO

President Museveni slams MPs for allocating themselves money (Shs10bn COVID-19 funds) when the country is in crisis

President Museveni has issued a strong warning to all MPs who misuse money (sh20m) allocated to help in sensitizing their constituents about the marauding coronavirus when Uganda is in crisis.

While addressing the nation on Tuesday, 28th, Museveni said that it was not only a bad move but very unacceptable for MPs to allocate themselves money at a time when the country is in crisis.

Earlier this month, Parliament passed the Shs304 Supplementary Budget of money to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

As a result, the MPs allocated themselves a total of Shs10 billion that has since been divided into equal denominations of Shs20 million to each legislator.

The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga came out recently in defence of the money urging all individuals including the general public to desist from discussing this huge sum of money and it’s the source.

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Kadaga implied then that it was only her with the right to talk about this money because she had clear details about where it came from.

As well, Kadaga said that she held a meeting with the Prime Minister and President Museveni where they discussed particular guidelines that have to be followed by legislators to ensure that the money is used effectively in fighting COVID-19.

However, President Museveni on Tuesday in response argued that the decision to allocate the money was poor and that he discussed the matter with the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga in a bid to find a solution for it.

MPs allocated themselves a total of Shs10 billion
President Museveni slams MPs for allocating themselves money. FILE PHOTO

Museveni said that because Parliament had already included it in the supplementary budget, he advised the speaker to donate the money instead to the district task force rather than to MPs directly because they would resort it to doing other things.

“This was bad planning because the move has both legal and moral issues. On the moral side, it is unacceptable for MPs to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in crisis. It is totally unacceptable to me and to the NRM,” Museveni said.

“And the best way to get out of the trap is to not spend it on yourself. I told the Speaker, “Take that money and donate it to the district task force.”

He argued that most legislators instead of putting to proper use this money allocated to their constituents they will opt for other things in a bid to satisfy their personal needs.

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In addition, the President also warned all those MPs who have already misused the money that the Auditor General is going to take a closer look at how each of them has spent it to help in fighting the virus.

“For the MPs that have already “bought things with the sh20m it is a tricky line to toe, which would only require the Auditor General’s intervention to take a closer look at how exactly the money was spent,” the President added.