The director of communications at parliament, Chris Obore, has thrown his weight behind Members of Parliament in their pursuit for monetary gains.
According to Obore, the MPs promised on service delivery and they deliver in that promise by advising the executive.
“Do we want to see MPs drive tractors to show that they are working?” he questioned while appearing on NTV #FourthEstate programme.
He insists that MPs are always outraged about issues, they don’t just sit there.
“There is a mechanism of how things are done. MPs make recommendations not enter the hospitals and treat the sick.”
He added: “We need to tell our voters that it is not MPs that deliver schools or health centres.”
According to him, MPs are already getting cars cheaper than what the law says they should have.
He also argues that MPs are caring for their constituencies as mandated.
“MP makes sure money is allocated to his constituency but not to actually get that money,” he noted, adding,“I would rather operate in a country with a parliament of any nature than one without a parliament.”
He said every parliament has rules and dignity of the house must be maintained.
Asked about the money the legislators demanded for their funerals, Obore maintained that it’s not MPs who are spending Shs68m for funeral expenses but the institution of parliament.
“Parliament is just as any other institution covering funeral expenses for their staff.”
On threatening media, Obore, once a journalist, said there is no provision in parliamentary rules that when journalists report false stories, they will appear before committee to apologise.
He, however, said that the Tanzanian president Pombe Magufuli was prosecuting journalists for social media comments made against him.
“In a situation where there’s no parliament, media should be worried,” he advised, emphasising that journalists must know and explain the privileges of the MPS to the public.
“Have we told people that our Permanent Secretaries have these benefits as well? When will the public come to understand why Parliament needs money?”