Eunice Musiime, a human rights activist and ardent policy analyst, has described President Yoweri Museveni as a “moving ATM”.
An automated teller machine (ATM) is an electronic banking outlet, which allows customers to complete basic transactions without the aid of a branch representative or teller.
Musiime was appearing on NTV #FourthEstate programme to discuss the parliament expenditure alongside journalist Charles Mwanguhya and Onapito Ekomoloit, a Corporate Affairs Director at Nile Breweries.
“We see a lot of focus on public administration and not service delivery. What are our priorities?” queried Musiime.
She accused Museveni’s government of only making itself useful when events suit them but not for the sake of the people.
“Government is absent and present when it chooses. When women went on strike over lofting age limits, there was heavy police presence.”
Musiime demanded for an audit into NRM disbursement of funds claiming that most of the resources are spent on politics [buying off MPs etc] instead of availing people with basic services.
“Museveni is a moving ATM,” she said.
Appearing on #NBSFrontline programme earlier, Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, also described Bank of Uganda as President Museveni’s personal ATM.
He too accused the president of bribing legislators to support his decisions and voters to elect him back into office.
Mwanguhya, on the other hand, describes parliament as a dysfunctional system that will not keep the promise on service delivery.
“MPs back in the day got vehicles on loan and cost sharing basis. When did we get to forking out 200m for cars?” Mwanguhya pointed out.
Speaking on the same programme [Fourth Estate], Onapito said while voters expect service delivery from MPs, in reality it is not their role.
He said, for example, National Water and Sewerage Corporation was working because Dr Silver Mugisha has good work ethic and it has nothing to do whether the MP is good or bad.