Parliament To Spend US$ 375,000 On MPs' IPADs Top story

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The Parliamentary Commission today kicked off the process to give each of the 386 legislators in the 9th Parliament an IPAD that has cost a tax payer 1,100 dollars or 375,000 US dollars in total.

Members of Parliament will be expected to pay a depreciating fee for each of the 384 IPADS given to them at the end of their tenure.
 
The Parliamentary Commission today kicked off the process to give each of the 386 legislators in the 9th Parliament an IPAD that has cost a tax payer 1,100 dollars or 375,000 dollars in total. The 9th Parliament is made up of 375 MPs and 11 Ex-officios.
 
Parliamentary Commissioner Emmanuel Dombo, who is Bunyole East MP, explained that they procured the IPADS through the designated service provider for the Apple industry and those who do not know how to use the gadget will be trained.
 
The commission also took a decision that the IPADS shall be returned at the end of term of Parliament and the MPs are expected to pay a residual fee after the IPADS have depreciated.
 
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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga stated that after this week she does not expect the Parliament Clerk to print over 400 reports and statements because MPs will be able to access them on their IPADS. Each IPAD is of 65 Gigabytes of storage space.
 
Kadaga adds that all chairpersons will also spend only ten minutes to present their reports in summary form, while Ministers should be able to load their Parliamentary statements ahead of time so as not to waste time.
 
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Kadaga emphasizes that there should be no alarm about the cost of buying the IPADS because it is money that was budgeted for stationery.
 
Every Member of Parliament who gets an IPAD will be required to sign a form acknowledging receipt of the IPAD. The conditions are that no MP is authorized to repair, refurbish, maintain or service the equipment, but to report any malfunction to the Clerk of Parliament.
 
The MPs also undertake to keep the IPAD in good condition for the duration of its assignment and to indemnify Parliament for any loss or damage of the IPAD. They will also hand over the IPAD to the Clerk at the end of their tenure.
 
Mpigi Woman MP Sarah Nakawunde Temulanda, however, differs with the last condition saying they should keep the IPADS just as they do the vehicles since some of them are not good at handling items.
 
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