LOP Demands Investigation into Parliament Cash Bonanza

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The money that is reportedly channeled through the office of the Government chief whip has been shared by both members of the ruling party-NRM and opposition groups. It’s reported that up to 18 opposition legislators have benefitted from the loot.

 The Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu wants the Auditor General to thoroughly investigate the reported secret cash deals between Government and Members of Parliament.

His request follows reports that members of parliament have received at least Ugx 110 Million each to help them clear personal debts. The cash bonanza has since been codenamed Article 110 in the corridors of Parliament derived from the share each member is taking home, although the article in the constitution relates to emergencies.

The money that is reportedly channeled through the office of the Government chief whip has been shared by both members of the ruling party-NRM and opposition groups. It’s reported that up to 18 opposition legislators have benefitted from the loot.  Its source remains unclear although sources point to President Yoweri Museveni.

Oguttu equally questions the source of the funds and adds that the opposition is investigating its members to establish if any of them indeed had a share of the same. Oguttu adds that although he has not received confirmation, he cannot rule out the possibility that some of his colleagues might have received the money.

“We find it ridiculous that Members of Parliament would need emergency, we need an explanation where the money is coming from and why it is not done through the Parliamentary Commission”, said Oguttu.
 
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Oguttu adds that the money is a bribe to MPs since it has no known vote in the budget of Parliament yet all payments to MPs must be processed and made by the Parliamentary Commission.

He states that the directive given to the beneficiaries not to bank the money is an attempt by the NRM to evade the law saying that the cash splash offends the Anti-Money Laundering Act. The law requires anyone to declare the source of any funding above Ugx 20m.

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Tamale Mirundi, the Presidential Press Secretary confirmed the help rendered to the needy MPs but criticized Wafula Oguttu for blaming the wrong person instead of the MPs who cry out for help from the president.

“If children want to go to school, you can’t blame a good Samaritan who comes to their rescue,” Mirundi said.

He said the president is given a resource envelop to help people, a vote which is approved by parliament under the donation fund.  The President’s aide described it as an insult for Oguttu to insinuate that the MPs are being bribed.