MPs run to pick money for cars, find bank accounts ’empty’


MP Mbeiza

Anger is brewing in parliament after members reportedly went to their banks to withdraw money for cars only to find it wasn’t there.

Media reports claimed the parliamentary commission had deposited Shs 43.2bn promised to MPs with each being given Shs100m.

A near stampede was registered in town as legislators hurried to various banks to pick the money [part of the Shs 150m each MP is entitled to for the vehicle purchase to facilitate their movements to their constituencies].

Uganda Radio Network [URN] quotes Margaret Mbeiza, the Kaliro Woman MP, complaining that she checked with her bank but didn’t find the money yet she urgently needs a car.

Mbeiza who recently desperately attacked the prime minister over the said money, said she checked into her bank [Housing Finance Bank] but found an empty account.

“We cannot access our constituents because we don’t have transport…this recess we’d have used it to go and talk to our constituents and find out their problems but now we’re handicapped, we’re tied up”, she told URN.

Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju county MP, lashed at the executive for blackmailing parliament, saying that even the accountant of parliament isn’t aware of the said money.

“If the accountant of parliament doesn’t know about the money, the members of parliament have not received any money.”

Medard Sseggona (Busiro East), Kilak South MP Gilbert Oulanya, Apollo Katinti (Kyandondo East), Joshua Anywarach (Padyere county) and their Nansana municipality MP, Nsereko Wakayima, all said they had not received a single cent.

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