Members of the 10th Parliament who recently took oath are now demanding for a salary raise and luxurious cars to help them do their job well.
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.
Kato Lubwama, the Lubaga South MP says legislators should drive a Pajero V8 at least which is about Shs250m or Shs300m not cheap Premios.
“Being a Member of Parliament is the biggest honour in a constituency,” he argued.
Lutamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke South legislator was in agreement with Lubwama, arguing that MPs also need luxurious cars like those driven by ministers.
“We also need our salary increased to at least Shs50m. The Shs20m we are paid now is very little money,” Ssemakula pointed out.
He said, for example, Kenyan MPs said Ugandan MPs are paid a salary like that of counsellors in Kenya.
“They should also restore our constituency development fund of Shs500m a year. This will help us to pay school fees and help our people.”
Lubwama, on the other hand, says they should earn at least Shs80m.
“What we receive now is peanuts. We have a lot to do in our constituencies.”
If this is passed, government will spend Shs85bn for the cars alone.
Speaking in parliament a week ago, Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko called upon the president to raise the salaries for members and boost their welfare.
Nsereko said the governor Bank of Uganda Tumusiime Mutebile is paid over Shs50m while KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi bags over Shs47m but MPs are on the other hand paid meagre salaries.
Only before their swearing in ceremony, President Museveni gave NRM MPs Shs5m each to buy suits and hold parties.
Mityana North MP Godfrey Kiwanda says the Shs5m given to NRM MPs was not enough even.
“We need money. We even need more than the Shs5m. We spent more than that during campaigns.”