The Parliament of Uganda recently allocated Shs 10 billion (about USD 2.7 Million), from the COVID-19 supplementary budget, to facilitate Members of Parliament in the committees, discreetly. According to reports, Shs 5 billion was deducted from the Ministry of Health’s supplementary allocation of Shs 104bn (about USD 28 Million) and Shs 5billion from other sectors to realize the Shs 10 billion to meet Parliament needs.
According to reports, Shs 5bn was deducted from the Ministry of Health’s supplementary allocation of Shs 104bn and Shs 5bn from other sectors to realize the Shs 10bn to meet Parliament needs.
Defending the decision to allocate 10bn to MPs, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said on Wednesday that the money will be used for community sensitization.
Kadaga was speaking during a morning TV show on NBS. She revealed that each Member of Parliament would get 20 Million to support their constituencies in sensitization.
Kadaga revealed that MPs who have ambulances will be fueled, serviced and their drivers facilitated.
“We have ambulances which are commandeered by the Ministry of Health, these belong to us, we pay the workers, we maintain them and now they have been handed over to the National Task force; the members were getting expenses of now sending money for fuel, the driver and it had become a burden to the MPs,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker noted that she was approached by several legislators who noted that this had become a burden and they need some support from the Parliament commission budget.
“I said, I didn’t budget for this in the Parliamentary budget and this is a campaign that were are in together, so let us get money from the supplementary budget and support the members to make sure that the ambulances are in the field,” Kadaga explained.
She added that the legislators also need funding to sensitize the citizens against the virus in their local languages.