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    MPs Are Poorly Paid Compared To Other Gov’t Officials – MP Sseggona Blasts Voters Blackmailing Legislators….



    Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Sseggona

    Controversial Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Sseggona has revealed that Members of Parliament (MP) are the most poorly paid government workers.

    He said that each legislator takes home a monthly salary of Shs.6m compared to other government officials who are paid up to Shs.50m.

    “I have seen a tweet from a malicious government official that there is a lot of traffic jam at parliament. He claimed that MPs pick up Shs.40m, but he didn’t have evidence.

    “But that government official who posted such lies is given a government car, a driver paid by the government, fuel, and his car is serviced by the government. He attacked a Member of Parliament who is given just one car in five years without a driver like other government officials,” Sseggona defended himself.

    It should be noted that Uganda Media Center boss, Ofwono Opondo was the first to post on his twitter account that legislators were picking a lot of money from parliament.

    Sseggona explained that the other money they get, which many people use as a weapon to attack them, is given to them through allowances which are legally recognised.

    Sseggona turned guns on voters whom he accused of being dishonest.

    He challenged voters to attack their legislators after increasing their salaries since they always frequent their homes and offices asking for money for school fees, introduction ceremonies, burials and others.

    He insisted that of all government institutions, parliament is the only one which is frugal.

    He gave an example of parliamentary committees which are working on a budget of Shs.30m a month yet they have to travel, eat and drink while doing public assignments not their private work.

    He was supported by Chris Obore, the Director for Communication at parliament who accused the 1986 bush war veterans of being behind the attack on the institution of parliament and Anita Among, the speaker of parliament.

    He revealed that there are government officials who up to now have never accepted that Among, a young girl, who just recently crossed from opposition to the ruling NRM party is the Speaker of parliament and number three in the leadership of the country.

    Bardege-Layibi Division legislator Martin Mapenduzi Ojara cheered Sseggona on UBC TV’s Behind the Headline talk show and insisted that there is a planned move to blackmail the institution of parliament and these attacks are fueled by other government officials.

    He warned that if the attackers do not put down their weapons, they (MPs) are ready to revenge against them.

    It should be remembered that recently, there was a war of words between Kasambya County legislator David Kabanda and some media outlets which ran stories castigating legislators for trying to allocate themselves extra allowances in these hard economic times.

    Kabanda disclosed that some individuals in the Ministry of Finance are maligning Parliament through media.

    “I know it’s the 86bn disguised under construction of a conventional centre & 319bn for Lubowa that you wanted to eat is causing this. You (were) pained by the fact that we blocked it. We shall expose you more when we resume,” Kabanda tweeted.

    He added, “We cut 900b for fiscal space which at 16% was registering interest of about 210b. Ministry of Finance wanted to steal close to 600bn which the budget committee realised.”

    Kabanda called upon the leadership of Parliament to aggressively oppose propaganda against MPs.

    “MPs earn a gross salary of Shs.11m and after tax it comes to 6.2m net.  This is the salary an MP’s pension & gratuity is computed. The additional allowances are for fuel. I don’t know fuel given to other leaders, civil servants & CEOs like Wanyama Don is counted as salary.

    “Anyone who thinks there is money in Parliament please look for former MPs and assess their state. I know most of those making noise have been trying several times to become MPs but failed or have ambitions,” he noted


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…



    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…



    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…



    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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