Lukyamuzi: State House steals your money every year


President Yoweri Museveni (left) and wife Janet chat with MP Ken Lukyamuzi at the swearing-in ceremony at Parliament

Ken Lukyamuzi, the leader of the Conservative Party of Uganda, yesterday asked fellow Members of Parliament what they will do about State House that “steals” Ugandans’ money year in year out.

“State House is stealing your money, year after year, why are you all quiet?” the Rubaga South MP queried in a plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu, says President Museveni is going to have at his person over 1,147bn shillings to spend in 2015/16 budget.

“In his direct control is the money for State House, 330bn shillings up from 249bn shillings, classified expenditure of 660bn shillings, (doubled from 330 in the FY 2014/15), 77bn shillings for the President’s Office and money for his personal gifts of 80.4bn shillings,” Oguttu said.

It is not clear whether Lukyamuzi was referring to this money or from other unclear avenues.

Parliament was discussing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 and forging ways of striking a compromise between government and opposition as far as electoral reforms are concerned.

Lukyamuzi suggested that Federalism was one of the ways to prevent the top office from milking Ugandans year after year.

“We would like this Government to go back to a federal government,” he suggested.

From the money available to him in the budget, the President’s expenditure will be on average, over 3bn shillings per day, Oguttu had said before Museveni presented the Nation Address on the budget.

He said the president has over 10 different Presidential fleets of vehicles to himself, wife and children.

“As he moves around the country, the President has pocket money/ donations of over 80bn shillings for dishing out in brown envelopes to supporters for votes.”

Oguttu believes it is a question of misplaced priorities for government for government to allocate 660bn for classified expenditure, yet the agricultural sector which is the No.1 core sector in the National Development Plan for economic transformation is allocated a mere 482bn shillings (about 2% of the National Budget), yet 25.5 million Ugandans directly depend on this sector.

“It is also saddening to note that the President has 80.4bn shillings for gifts; the Tourism industry, which brings in about 3 trillion per year is allocated a only 79bn shillings.”

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