Over Shs64bn to be spent on MPs cars


Parliament will spend over Shs 64 billion on the purchase of vehicles for MPs of the 10th Parliament.

Each of the 427 Members of Parliament will receive an allocation of Shs 150 million according to a budget outline by the Parliamentary Commission.

The figure is up from Shs 38.6 billion spent on vehicles in the 9th Parliament that had a total of 375 members.

Each vehicle for an MP in the 9th parliament cost Shs 103 million.

Chris Obore, the director of information at Parliament, said the funds will be released regardless of on going petitions against some members.

Initial reports indicated that the money would be held until courts dispose off all electoral petitions.

Up to 118 petitions were filed against Members of Parliament in the aftermath of the 2016 parliamentary election.

But Obore said that Parliament cannot deny legislators their benefits because of pending petitions.

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