Cissy Nabazinga Kagaba, the executive director of Anti- Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), is demanding for a full accountability of the Shs 3.1bn the ruling NRM splashed on luxurious cars for its members.
Earlier in the week, the NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, disclosed that the party had bought cars for its secretariat staff.
According to Kagaba, the woman behind the corruption fight in Uganda, the country has many pressing needs like poor health services which should be prioritized.
“It is very sad that at such a time when government should be concentrating on providing services to the people, the ruling party spends such money on cars,” she said.
She wondered where the ruling party got the money it spent on cars when the health sector is rotting by the day.
“How much (fuel) will these cars consume? What will be the cost of maintaining them?” she wondered.
Some reports allege that the party could have used part of the money given by the Electoral Commission (NRM got Shs 7.9bn out of the Shs 10bn) to purchase the vehicles.
The same report claims that the amount spent on the cars was Shs 3.9bn.
The cars in question are Toyota Land Cruiser V8 model made in London and costing Shs360m each.
While sections of Ugandans spit fire over “wasted money”, Dr Kenneth Omona, the NRM deputy treasurer, told Daily Monitor that they fundraised the money from very many sources.
“So the money which bought the cars is not part of what the EC gave us,” he is quoted as saying.
Omona says that with full time staff at the party secretariat, there is need for smooth transport if they are to carry out party activities.
He said that with easy movement and mobilization, the party will be able to win the 2016 elections.