MPs want aspirants to pay Shs100m to reduce jokers


Annet Nyakecho/ New Vision photo

In what could cause uproar amongst future presidential aspirants, some legislators are proposing that contenders pay at least 100 million shillings to participate in the race.

In their justification, the legislators contend that this is one of the means to weed out what they term as “jokers” and business-minded politicians.

During a meeting between MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kahinda Otafiire, some MPs including Abdu Katuntu, the Shadow Attorney General, noted that the presidential race has been turned into a platform for mediocres to participate in.

This was during a discussion on Presidential Amendment Bill tabled by Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.

Otuke district woman MP, Annet Nyakecho, suggested that the Shs 50m facilitation which will be given to presidential candidates be increased to Shs 100m because of inflation and high fuel prices.

Members seemed agree that there should be no funding to candidates and nomination fees be increased to Shs 100m.

Hon Richard Todwong was in agreement with this proposal saying if money given to candidates is dropped, it will eliminate “jokers”.


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