October 24, 2020
October 24, 2020

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

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At the height of the outcry, CSOs under their umbrella body Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) authored an open letter to the President, seeking the Executive intervention. “The monies have not been disbursed yet; Parliament should reverse this action. In case it has been disbursed to accounts of MPs, it should be recalled.
Parliament should discuss with MoFPED if they need facilitation for Covid-19 response. This
facilitation should be justifiable and discussed in parliament as required and resolved,” reads one of the
recommendations.
Later, MPs Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality MP) and Jonathan Odur (Erute South) petitioned high
court over the controversial sh10b. The High court issued an interim order blocking the parliamentary
commission from paying Shs 10 billion to legislators to take part Covid-19 however, according to media reports the legislators had received money before the time of injunction.
SOME MPs COULD PAY BACK THE MONEY.
The President told the nation that MPs who wrongly spent the money will pay it back.
“Ugandans, don’t be angry and be diverted from our war. If the MPs spent the sh20m wrongly, they will pay back using their salary. If they have spent the money on themselves, it’s a terrible thing,” said President Museveni.
THE CSOs’ VIEW
Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group said the sh10b allocations that parliament allocated to MPs was a calculated move to loot from the Consolidated Fund. “Like the President said,
MPs are not purchasing officers of Government. It’s a mistake they make themselves because while
campaigning, they promise electorates to build roads and schools and go a head and buy ambulances,” he stated.
“It’s Morally And Reprehensible” Museveni Condemned MPs Over sh10b COVID 19 money.
President Yoweri Museveni has spoken tough against the controversial sh10b that Parliament allocated to MPs saying that it was a result of poor planning coupled with legal issues.
Museveni said this yesterday while addressing 12th National address on the Covid-19 updates. “He said it is sad that such a decision can
go on when the country is going through hard
times” Currently, Uganda has a total of 79 Covid-19 confirmed cases and 52 recoveries.
In his talk, Museveni asked MPs to hand over the received funds to
Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) of their
respective districts instead of doing procurement themselves. On MPs who had already spent the money, Museveni, said: The MPs who bought themselves on their own, who authorized you? Are you the
purchasing officer of State?
“The Auditor General will have to come in. It’s terrible thing to spend money on
yourself.” Said Museveni in his address
His comments follow the recent outcry by section of members of public and civil society organisations about what they called illegal allocation of MPs sh10b, with each MP getting sh20m, arguing that such funds would have instead been spent on more pressing areas such as purchase of Personal Protective equipment for the frontline health workers, food purchase and distribution among others .
The author,
Julius Mukunda, Executive Director Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group.
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