MP Demands For Vehicle From Prime Minister

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In short
During the NRM parliamentary caucus on Monday, Finance Ministry officials told the MPs that they will receive Shillings 100 million this month, while the rest will be paid next year.

There was drama in parliament this afternoon when Margaret Mbeiza, the Kaliro Woman MP tasked the Prime Minister to explain the delayed release of vehicle grants for the legislators.

 
Mbeiza explained that unlike the previous parliaments, where the money was released at the start of the new parliament, this time it has taken long to come.

 
The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah tried in vain to stop the legislator. Mbeiza explained how the absence of a vehicle has affected her operations in the constituency.
 

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Mbeiza's statements prompted prolonged laughter from several legislators. However, before the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda could respond to the legislator, Oulanyah cut him short, saying the Parliamentary Commission, which oversees the welfare of MPs is handling the matter.

 
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Legislators expect to receive Shillings 200 million each from the Parliamentary Commission for the purchase of vehicles. During the NRM parliamentary caucus on Monday, Finance Ministry officials told the MPs that they will receive Shillings 100 million this month, while the rest will be paid next year.



However, the vehicle grant has drawn sharp criticism from civil society and the public accusing Parliament and government of wasteful expenditure.
 
 
 
Recently, the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party proposed that the legislators should receive vehicle loans as opposed to grants given the prevailing economic conditions in the country.
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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