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Uganda Civil society ask Members of Parliament to reject cars cash

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    As anticipated, the secretive Shs103 million each MP has received to buy luxury vehicles just when other Ugandans are facing serious economic challenges has drawn widespread public condemnation.Outpourings of disbelief mixed with anger at a House which has been applauded for taking a firm stand against waste in government clouded the re-opening of Parliament as members struggled to defend themselves.
    Civil society leaders described the MPs’ gleeful acceptance of the cash as “greed of the highest order”.

    “This issue of the vehicles for MPs shows that the 9th Parliament is no different from the rest. It is a shame that they too have turned into vultures,” the Executive Director Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, Ms Cissy Kagaba, said.

    “These MPs should walk the talk about being pro-people. The opposition too shouldn’t be part of the loot. This money should be returned and used to increase teachers’ salaries.”

    Yesterday, Daily Monitor broke the story that, so far, 98 MPs had each received the money.

    It was left to Kakuuto MP Mathias Kasamba to welcome Speaker Rebecca Kadaga from the House’s two-month recess with a demand for an explanation yesterday.