By our Reporter
Forum for Democratic Change strongman and four-time Presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has expressed concern over the more than shs 20 million to be given to each of the 458 members of parliament to help them in combating the spread of Covid-19, a global pandemic that has led to loss of thousands of people globally.
After passing the shs 304 billion supplementary budget, Parliament used is discretionary powers and allocated the house shs 10 billion from which every legislator is to get shs 20 million. According to the speaker of parliament Rt Hon, Rebecca Kadaga, MPs approached her asking for the money to help them fuel their personal ambulances the offered the ministry of Health to help in preventing the spread of the disease.
Using his face book page, Besigye on Wednesday wondered why Ugandan legislators don’t emulate leaders from other countries and donate to the people they serve instead of opting to milk them.
”Surely, what’s wrong with Uganda’s leaders? Everywhere in the world, leaders are donating their earnings to help the COVID-19 fight.
Uganda’s leaders see an opportunity to increase their “benefits” MPs getting more than $5,000- each to help them fight Covid-19.
Stop this habit,” said Besigye.
Whereas the money is yet to be posted on accounts of the lawmakers, many of them have already expressed determination to take it and use it to allegedly buy fuel for the ambulances, pay drivers of the ambulances and well as conducting service.
Many Ugandans have also questioned the motives of the legislators saying not more than 10% of them have ambulances in the constituencies.