Ugandan MP spent Shs1bn to win seat

A mystery Ugandan legislator spent Shs1bn to win a parliamentary seat in the February 2016 elections.

This is contained in a survey released Thursday by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a non- governmental election watch organisation.

While presenting the report, Henry Muguzi, the ACFIM national coordinator, said the survey was conducted between September 16 and October 7, 2016 studying the expenditure of 185 MPs [out of the 432 MPs in the 10th parliament].

Without naming the candidate, Muguzi said a certain MP spent Shs 1bn which was the highest while the lowest was Shs 10m.

He said 113 legislators alone spent about Shs 25bn to win their seats.

According to the report, NRM MPs spent Shs 233m, opposition MPs spent Shs 187m while independents spent Shs 189m.

An earlier report by ACFIM on campaign financing revealed that President Museveni spent Shs 27bn, Amama Mbabazi spent Shs 1.3bn, Dr Kizza Besigye spent Shs 976m, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba spent Shs 95.7m, Dr Abed Bwanika Shs 34.3m while Joseph Mabirizi spent Shs 26.4m.


Commenting on the outcomes, Muguzi lashed at parliamentarians for becoming opportunists, businessmen and brokers instead of bearing the interests of the country and those they represent.

Crispy Kaheru, the coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) and Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), all expressed disappointment in the MPs for undermining democracy.

A group of MPs led by Fort Portal municipality MP Alex Ruhunda have since penned a private member’s bill that will seek to limit the amount of money a presidential and parliamentary candidate can spend in an election.

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