The Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has defended the Ugshs150 million facilitation to Members of Parliament to acquire vehicles for ease of their transportation.
While officiating at the Concert at St. Catherine’s Junior School, Namugongo last Saturday, 20th August 2016, Kadaga said that MPs need decent means of transport.
She wondered why Members of Parliament are expected to travel on bodabodas while the senior civil servants cruise in new vehicles fuelled by government, with paid drivers and changed every five years.
“The money is going to buy second hand cars. That money is a contribution and it is from our budget,” she said.
Kadaga confirmed that MPs have always topped up what government provides to buy decent vehicles.
She added that this time, the alternative is for the government to purchase the MPs brand new vehicles instead of giving them cash.
To paint a clear picture, she gave an example of a new MP who recently took a Bodaboda from Parliament to Entebbe where he was to attend a meeting.
When he reached, the security at the gate refused him access into the high profile meeting since he had arrived on a Bodaboda.
The Speaker advised the public to always respect their leaders as leaders too respect them. She attributed the misconception to ignorance and lack of the right information.
The Speaker also urged parents to allow for talent growth in their children and to encourage them to participate in Music, Dance and Drama which is now very lucrative.
“Co-curricular activities are as good as class activities. I encourage parents to allow and facilitate children grow their talents,” Rt. Hon. Kadaga said.
The Speaker cited sports scholarships in the various schools and higher institutions of learning for parents and students to take advantage.
She however, advised parents to always check the status and living conditions of the schools to which they take their children.
She added that Parliament last week directed the Ministry of Education to close schools with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, which put the life and safety of pupils at risk.
Kadaga was the Guest of Honour at the commissioning of a girls dormitory named after her.
She was welcomed by pupils with original composition songs and drama clips, which highlighted the dangers of corruption.
The theme of the day was ‘No Corruption’. The presentations mostly accused politicians and police for being the most corrupt.