David Mushabe, an analyst and lawyer, predicts that Members of Parliament may once again pocket Shs5m bribe to lift presidential age limit as they did years ago.
“There is magic in the Shs5m. Before term limits were lifted, MPs were handed Shs5m. The same Shs5m has resurfaced,” Mushabe said while appearing on NBS TV Monday morning.
He said the timing of giving the MPs Shs5m was wrong and very suspect.
“It was dished out at a time when MPs were being arm twisted [to vote Jacob Oulanyah for deputy speaker of parliament].”
Responding to Mityana North MP Godfrey Kiwanda who said NRM chairman doesn’t have to consult before giving MPs money, Mushabe noted that that was dictatorship mixed with corruption.
“With the Shs5m, the MPs are going to expect more. This is the thought process that is going to cripple the 10th Parliament.”
He added: “I will not be surprised if the Constitution is amended to lift the presidential age limit. It will only take Shs5m. This was pre-arranged. The money was paid out on Sunday. No bank is open on Sunday.”
The constitutional age limit for the president is 75 years.
He said the test President Yoweri Museveni was talking about was whether Parliament would obey.
“They seemed to have passed. This is going to be a very compliant Parliament. Many of them are new. The older group is already pacified and will mentor the new.”
He said there is no party position but only what President Museveni tells the caucus to do and that decision sails through.
“This is a one-man show. Museveni is positioning himself as the ‘Sabagabe’ (chief giver). He is telling the MPs, even if you have money, ask for money,” Mushabe pointed out.
He said whenever the president has become magnanimous, he had expectations.
“He paid the piper, MPs should expect to dance to his tunes. The big man’s position can’t be challenged. Others are just pretending. We need to concede to our reality.”