I want my car-desperate MP attacks Rugunda


Hon Margaret Mbeiza swears to uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda in May 2016

The delay of cars promised to Members of Parliament is already raising frustrations in the house as legislators decry the continued use of boda bodas.

Such anxiety was expressed on Wednesday when Margaret Mbeiza, the Kaliro Woman MP, staged a comic drama on the floor of the house during “AskPM”.

Mbeiza tasked the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to explain the delayed release of vehicle grants for the legislators.

“When shall we stop using boda bodas, risking our lives before we get our cars; considering we now work for government,” she queried.

Members then burst out into loud murmurs accessioned by laughter but Mbeiza was not deterred.

Listen to Mbeiza’s frustration here 

“The issue of vehicles is not a joking matter, it is a right, a necessity, it is of national importance. When do we get them?” she went on.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah who presided over plenary told Mbeiza the issue of MPs getting vehicles is a matter of parliamentary commission.

“We will handle it in-house,” Oulanyah stated.

Mbeiza who was not convinced, reminded Oulanyah that her vehicle had a mechanical problem and its engine was down yet she has a lot to do in her constituency.

“Can I still buy a vehicle yet I’m working for government? Please!”

During the NRM parliamentary caucus on Monday, Finance Ministry officials told the MPs that they will receive Shillings 100 million this month, while the rest will be paid next year.

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