Parliament has termed as untrue claims that each legislator was recently given Shs40 millions from an unknown source.

On Tuesday, National Unity Platform (NUP), a leading opposition political party, said in a statement that several of its MPs reached out to the Party leadership asking about their position on the money that was reportedly being given out to each Member of Parliament.

NUP said that its investigations indeed revealed that money was being given out to all legislators regardless of their political affiliations.

It claimed that MPs from the ruling political party National Resistance Movement (NRM) were receiving the money in cash from Parliament, while opposition and independent MPs were receiving it from the home of Anita Among the Speaker of Parliament.

“The Members were being told that the money was a token of appreciation, while others were told the money was meant to supplement their income in the tough economic situation in the country. It should have been obvious to everyone that the money was both illegal and immoral, given that it was being given out in cash without any clear explanation about its source and purpose,” NUP said.

“Some Members were being told to go with boda-bodas or cars not belonging to them in order to disguise themselves. We appreciate the Members who immediately realised this trap and refused to partake of it,” the party added.

The Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu led political party would further condemn what they called open day corruption.

“How can public funds be handled in this manner? A quick summation of these funds shows that the regime is spending over 20 billion shillings on this illegal, immoral and corrupt venture,” explained the party in a statement.

“This is going on at a time when the citizens of Uganda are grappling with skyrocketing commodity prices and an extremely tough economic situation. Gen. Museveni and his kleptocratic regime are not bothered about what ordinary Ugandans are going through as long as they are comfortably spending tax-payers’ money for their own benefit”

“We established that a few NUP MPs had unfortunately picked this money, since everyone else was picking it. The Party convened an emergency caucus meeting yesterday and resolved that Members belonging to NUP who had picked the money return it immediately because it was clearly a bribe,” NUP added.

But in a statement, Parliament’s publicist, Chris Obore has stated that claims by the National Unity Platform are false and only intended to tarnish the image of Parliament.

“Parliament distances itself from the alleged payment as claimed by NUP and treats it as deliberate, persistent smear campaign against the leadership of Parliament,” says Obore.

“Any payment to MPs by the Commission is charged on the consolidated account and remitted to an individual MP’s bank account. If indeed there has been any such payment by Parliament to MPs outside the known procedures the NUP claims, wouldn’t it have been the right thing for the party to interest the accountability Committees, chaired by its members in the matter with the evidence for action? asks Obore.

He notes that the MPs who claim to have received the money are duty bound under the law to declare the same to the inspectorate of government for proper investigation, short of which he says, NUP is only seeking to tarnish the institution of Parliament where they ironically have representation at the highest decision making organs.

Obore insists that the image of Parliament should not be sacrificed at the alter of internal intrigues. “Parliament belongs to all citizens not an individual political party. Therefore, respect to Parliament is respect to citizens.”

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

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