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MPs now want free tea, lunch at parliament


Ugandan ‎10th Parliament MPs have added free lunch to their growing list of demands.

According to Kisa Stephen, the MP Luuka South, MPs lose concentration during sessions because of hunger.

“Lunch increases the level of concentration during parliamentary sessions,” the MP reasoned.

In March this year, authorities in parliament approved new allowances for tea, lunch and housing for new MPs in the 10th parliament.

“A provision has been made to cater for MPs tea, lunch and housing allowances as approved by the parliamentary commission,” the parliamentary policy statement presented by Okello Obabaru, the deputy clerk in charge of finance and administration read.

The Commission was appearing before the committee to present its Shs651.9 billion for 10th parliament.

In order to ease the work of MPs, the Parliamentary Commission wanted to serve MPs tea in plenary in addition to lunch and paying rent for MPs.

The tea and lunch allowance totals to Shs2 million while housing allowance totals to Shs3m per month for each of the MPs.

The 2016/17 budget for Parliament was also increased from Shs371.3 billion in 2015/15 financial year to Shs651.9 billion.

The legislators who argue that one can’t legislate while one is hungry, have also demanded an increase in the money given to them to buy cars.

The 427 ‪members of the 10th Parliament say the Shs103m they were each given last year for a new car is not enough.

On top of Shs200m new car demand, MPs also want their salary doubled from Shs25m to Shs50m or Shs80m.

They are also demanding for the reinstatement of constituency fund of about Shs500m a year.

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