Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga had asked cabinet appointed and led by president Yoweri Museveni to stop giving bribes to MPs which has in turn deteriorated the quality of debate in the House.
Speaker Kadaga, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) moved to check the legislators’ errant behaviours in order to safeguard the integrity and independence of parliament.
Her stance was informed by the recent incidences one of which is after permanent secretaries came to the 9th Parliament in July last year and accused MPs of asking for inducements in order to write favourable reports about them.
Ms Kadaga, who was presenting a paper: “Building the Strategic Interests of the State: Ensuring cordial interface between the front and the backbench” at the Cabinet retreat in Kyankwanzi, told ministers and permanent secretaries to stop funding MPs because “they are already well-funded by Parliament.”
To safeguard the independence of Parliament and avoid conflict of interest, MPs’ activities, including travel inland and abroad, are supposed to be facilitated by the Parliamentary Commission.
Parliament has in the recent past been put in the spotlight for receiving bribes from members of cabinet including president Museveni in order to pass laws which do not favour Ugandans and would otherwise not be passed.
The most vivid example is when they were paid Shs5 milion in order to vote for constitutional amendment which removed the provision for term limits for presidency.