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NRM MPs in another Shs 40m each cash bonanza

Ruth Nankabirwa

Ruth Nankabirwa

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members of parliament have reportedly benefited from yet another cash bonanza from President Yoweri Museveni.

Each of the 317 NRM MPs who previously supported the lifting of the age limit is set to receive Shs 40m - just days after the clerk to parliament Jane Kibirige ordered the legislators to return Shs 20 million parliament allocated to each of the 438 MPs for COVID-19 activities.

The COVID funds allocated to MPs drew an ire from the public and an embarrassing back and forth public bickering between the executive and legislature - with Museveni casting the MPs for being inconsiderate by taking public funds at the time when the country was battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Museveni advised the MPs to return the money and directed the auditor general to audit the MPs who had already spent the money on relief items for their constituents within four months. 

For publicly condemning them, last week, the MPs passed a motion of displeasure against the president only to turn around this week and pass a motion applauding Museveni for his exemplary leadership in the fight against COVID-19. 

The new motion came after several reported meetings between the government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa and the NRM MPs. Now, as a reward for applauding the president according to Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Sekikubo, Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding, Kalungu West MP Joseph Ssewungu and Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, the 317 NRM MPs are slated to receive a total of 100 million each.

The 'whistleblowing' MPs told the media on Friday that some NRM MPs started getting Shs 40m as part of the money on Friday from Kati Kati Restaurant in Lugogo. Another Shs 60m will reportedly be paid later to the MPs to block the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Bill which is meant to provide midterm access to contributors of 20 per cent before their mandatory retirement age.

Amoding accused Nankabirwa of continuously allowing her office to be a channel for bribes to legislators.

"Now we have come to tell you they have got another Shs 40m. For what? For passing a motion to praise the president for a successful COVID intervention and weakening parliament and [speaker Rebecca] Kadaga in particular. The practise now is to get a turnover every time so the public will run after the MPs forgetting where the problem is. Dear Ugandans, this is a challenge to you while we may talk, we tell you all these things we raise them on the floor. We have told you, this is not the first time. We have told you many times," Amoding said. 

Adding; "And my sister Nankabirwa, I think Nankabirwa is the chief briber - the parliamentary chief briber because every corruption and bribe will start from the chief whip’s office and then it will transcend to the MPs. It is a shame, I’m ashamed to know that a woman who I should hold with high respect, who has been here [in parliament] for 25 years, who I should be looking at as the next people as the future presidents of Uganda is involving themselves in such kind of thing…Madam Nankabirwa you’re a total disappointment."

Sekikubo reveals that even some NRM MPs who recently defended Kadaga's stance on the controversial Shs 20 million have been left out this time on the cash-out. Despite the public condemnation, Kadaga vehemently defended the MPs on the Shs 20m, saying the MPs have financial challenges in their constituencies and that the executive wanted to overshadow them in the COVID fight. She promised to expose the exorbitant expenditures of the executive. 

"If indeed the Shs 20m was immoral and reprehensible, and moreover, that money was to the effect that take it to the people, at the end of the day account. But this one - you go and eat. Eat, eat! Take and eat, eat the elephant has fallen. Bring back the Shs 20m and take the Shs 40m. But also the discrimination, if it is given, unlike the other Shs 20m that was wired to all MPs. But nonetheless, we call on MPs, we call on the public, where is the bottom line on this? We’re in the middle of COVID. You can’t pay members to come and you rehabilitate your image. That they are paying tribute and before the ink can dry, they are paying Shs 40m." said Ssekikubo. 

These MPs demanded that Nankabirwa who allegedly distributed the money at different locations in Kampala explains the source.

"The 317 members who supported the age limit, we get a lot of fillers on what is happening on their WhatsApp group. This one person told me that Ssewungu; 'you’re still crying about the Shs 20m, but every member of the 317 who supported the age limit is getting Shs 40m but he has to refund the Shs 20m first. Whether he ate the money, it is the chief whip to make sure the money is refunded.' I thought it was a joke but the person showed me the message on the WhatsApp group by honourable Ruth Nankabirwa the chief whip. 'Please the president is annoyed about this money, the money is evil kindly take it back and after taking it back look for me.'" Ssewungu said.  

Karuhanga who recently successfully challenged the Shs 20m COVID cash to MPs in court vowed to once again challenge the payout to NRM legislators. He said this time, he will be suing both the bribery and the receiver. 

Nankabirwa refuted the payout claims saying those alleging just feel bad that the president was recently applauded by parliament for his work towards the fight against COVID-19.


+5 #21 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-05-16 18:09
Quoting Webz:
This time the money shared by MPs is from President Museveni's pocket, not from the national treasury. Do not lose all hope.

Museveni is donating monthly only 1.4 million shillings to Covid-19.

He claims his salary is a mere shs 3.5 million, so he can only afford to surrender half his salary. How can someone earning a mere 3.5m shs afford to pay 40m shs for 315 NRM parasites? Someone is fooling the stupid Ugandans.
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0 #22 Yakobo 2020-05-17 12:46
Surely, these people have held the country hostage.

They are saying well-wishers to donate to the COVID fight whereas they steal and splash public funds.
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0 #23 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-05-17 16:24
Quoting Yakobo:
Surely, these people have held the country hostage.

They are saying well-wishers to donate to the COVID fight whereas they steal and splash public funds.

I was taught at school that colonialism meant white men came with guns, dominated the hapless Africans, took up all the lucrative positions for their relatives and concubines and plundered resources.

They enriched themselves and rendered the blacks very poor. They also supported white missionaries just to soften the blacks as the blacks easily believed in the beatitude 'Blessed are the poor for the kingdom of God is theirs'.

Their productive land was taken and their strong youth taken to work in colonial entities, paid slave wages. While black black colonial collaborators developed double chins and potbellies; and their concubines had elephant bums. Are these bush war liberators not a new breed of colonialism? Someone answer me.
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0 #24 Nalongo Mutiima 2020-05-17 16:31
Quoting Apollo:
Hon. Kadaga should prepare for the backbench. She is in crosshairs here. This is outright war.

Don't be in haste to exonerate Kadaga. The buccaneers have a way of diverting their trackers.

Kadaga is in the thick of the mind game. The next few days, the role of the main actors will be known.
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0 #25 George Malomele 2020-05-18 00:22
I am appealing to all sensible Ugandans of all classes not to leave Uganda sink to such irrecoverable levels.

Nankabirwa is not a disgrace to her parents, husband and peers but to the religion to which she subscribes. i always see her at the forefronf of her religion activities,putting on a humilified face yet inside her, she is constantly planning how to steal for her NRM unintelligent MP's.

Let them know that one time they will be held to account for their state looting and grabbing splee.
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0 #26 Odongkara 2020-05-18 18:24
Quoting sula:
1- Mzee Byanyima warned Ugandans, Muwanga did,Obote did. Ugandans did not listen, now we are paying the price.

God save this country !

Tell us on what did these great nationalists warn Ugandans about?

Our young ones need to know and many Ugandans do not know either.
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+1 #27 Odongkara 2020-05-18 18:28
Quoting Webz:
This time the money shared by MPs is from President Museveni's pocket, not from the national treasury. Do not lose all hope.

You are a shameless blatant liar. Yes, you got me right, you are a liar period.
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