The Ministry of Finance and the Parliamentary Commission have reached an agreement to give the money for MPs’ cars in installments because government cannot afford to give the money in one go.
Parliament’s director of communication and public affairsChris Obore, in a televised interview with NTV said that the MPs will be given Shs100m in October and the remaining Shs50m next financial year.
Obore added that there should not be a storm over MPs’ cars money because the legislators need the cars to deliver on their mandate and it’s their entitlement as stipulated in Standard Operations Procedure of public servants.
Because the MPs will not get a lumpsum to purchase the cars, Obore says the MPs will be free to purchase a vehicle they deem fit for their needs. This means an MP can buy a car of a lesser value or top up with their own money and buy one of a higher value.
When asked whether the MPs now battling in the Court of Appeal to save their seats after the High Court nullified their elections will still get money for the cars, Obore said all the current MPs would get the money for cars regardless of whether they may lose their seats or not.
And where an MP holds another government position like Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Katumba Wamala, Chief Political Commissar Col. Felix Kulayigye and ministers who already have official cars, Obore says it doesn’t matter as long one was duly elected or appointed to that office, they will get the MPs car cash.
There are 427 MPs with an additional three recently elected from three new districts-Omoro, Rubanda and Kagadi. So Parliament will spend Shs64 billion shillings on cars, which Obore says the Parliamentary Commission budgeted for it in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Obore distanced himself from reports that each MP would now get shs200m up from the known shs150m, saying he was not aware that President Yoweri Museveni had pledged to top up the money.