MPs will get Shs64bn for cars this October


Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has announced that Members of Parliament will finally be given the money they requested for to buy new cars.

During Tuesday plenary, Kadaga told the 427 MPs that by October this year, they will receive Shs150m to buy cars to travel to their constituencies.

Ninth parliament MPs were given to buy cars but this time round, taxpayers will part with Shs64bn to ease legislators’ mobility.

The announcement comes after an impasse where the Ministry of Finance is accused of excluding Shs64.05 billion for the MPs’ vehicles in the 2015/16 Budget.

Finance minister Matia Kasaija last week told the parliament finance committee that they had delayed to release money for the MPs’ cars because they had financial constraints.

Kadaga said the issue had been resolved and at last MPs’ vehicles would be procured before the close of the year.

Meanwhile, the junior Finance minister (for Planning), David Bahati, told the Parliamentary Commission meeting on Monday that Parliament will have to process a supplementary budget to fund the MPs car grant.

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