The ruling NRM party chairman has given legislators in the 10th Parliament have each received Shs5m each to help them buy suits and organise small parties for their supporters after swearing in.
The NRM MPs who have already confirmed receiving the cash [totalling to Shs1.7bn], says they needed to facilitate their supporters from upcountry to come to Kampala and witness as they took oaths of allegiance.
Thereafter, they would hold small parties with supporters and celebrate the victory in February elections.
The Clerk to Parliament says 426 of 427 took oath in a space of three days.
Speaking to a local television NBS, Richard Oseku MP Kibaale county says that as they were dispersing one of the members reminded the president that MPs have challenges.
This was during the recent party’s caucus meeting at the State House in Entebbe.
Video by NBS TV
“…that we needed to buy “a bite” for our supporters. The President agreed to give us something to take care of that,” Oseku said.
A total of 294 NRM MPs and 52 independents who attended the meeting have all received the Shs5m from the NRM headquarters in Kampala.
According to opposition, the money is a bribe to induce MPs vote for Jacob Oualanyah as Deputy Speaker in the election slated for the 19th of this month.
This comes after Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko refused to stand down for Oulanyah.
In 2005, MPs from the NRM party were each given Shs5m to amend the constitution to remove the presidential term limits.