Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Gerald Karuhanga together with Jonathan Odur, the MP for Erute South have petitioned court seeking to stop the Parliamentary Commission from giving Shs 10 billion to Members of parliaments. The money was allocated to parliament to help in the fight against Covid-19. Each Member of Parliament according to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga will get 20M ugx.
While addressing the press on April 20 (Monday) at parliament, Karuhanga cited that Parliament breached the parliamentary rules of procedure resolving to allocate 10bn to parliament off the supplementary budget.
“The money was just smuggled into the report by the budget committee chairperson Amos Lugoloobi without the consent of the committee members,” Karuhanga said.
The MPs’ petition comes a few days after Parliament passed a supplementary budget of Shs 304 billion.
In their petition, the MPs claim that the Shs 10 billion was deducted from the Health supplementary budget that was to be used in the fight against Covid-19.
The petitioners also warned the members of parliament who have already started receiving the 20 million on their accounts not to use this money.
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi and a slew of others have since said they will not accept the money. Kiira Municipality MP Ssemujju Nganda said his supporters would be disappointed in him if he doesn’t ‘eat’ the money.