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    Parliament Speaks Out On MPs Shs6M Salary Increment

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    Information is flowing in around parliament that starting July 2018, MPs in the 10th Parliament are expected to receive a salary increment of Shs6M each if the proposal in the 2018/2019 National budget is approved.

    The salary proposal is said to have been contained in a budget circular call that was issued on 22nd 2018 Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance addressed to all accounting officers, the lawmakers will get an additional Shs6Million.

    According to information from the Finance Ministry, the decision was finalized following the approval of Parliament Commission’s budget proposals.

    If the proposal is to be taken up by the Executive, tax payers will have to dig deeper in their pockets to foot the additional Shs2.6Billion to meet this wage increment.

     

    Parliament Speaks Out

    When contacted, Chris Obore, the Director Communications and Public Affairs, rubbished the reports terming them as fake news intended to malign MPs.

    He explained: “I think it is becoming ridiculous to keep heaping falsehoods on MPs and their emoluments. The story of the increment is meant to think that these people want money, the same reason cycle opinion about MPs totally false, and in Trump language-Fake News!”

    Obore said that MPs salary is a statutory matter and noted that President Yoweri Museveni is on record stopping salary increment for all public servants, and wondered how anybody would increase salaries at this time.

    “It hasn’t happened. Anybody who has seen that budget circular call paper, let them publish it. It has never even been discussed. We know how people play the game and MPs have become a punching bag. Even when big money is going elsewhere, the MPs are made the punching bags. What I know MPs right now are asking Government to put money where it should go,” Obore added.

    He blamed the reports on accounting officers who appear before Parliament for accountability grilling saying, “I think some people are finding it hard to answer questions from MPs, they are now finding it easy through a counter argument that they have increased salaries.”

     

    MPs’ Entitlement Package

    The 10th Parliament that boasts of 451 MPs with each earning a basic salary of Shs11.18m after taxes. The legislators take home a stream of allowances, making a total pay package of about Shs25 million.

    The package of allowances includes; Shs4.5m that is paid as town running allowance (Shs1M), gratuity (Shs1M) and medical allowance (Shs 500,000).

    For each Committee sitting, the MP is paid (Shs 50,000) while plenary sitting allowance accounts for Shs150,000, as well as travels abroad $520per day (Shs1.75 million) while inland travel, sees each MP get Shs150,000 per night/day.

    Not forgetting the car grant that is got once at the start of each Parliament of Shs120M and Ipad at Shs2M.

    Additionally, each legislator walks away with Shs4.5 million as constituency facilitation (Shs3.2 million), lunch and tea Shs3 million.

     

    Global MPs Pay

    In September 2013 the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a body that brings together all Parliaments in the world, exposed enormous gaps in the salaries earned by MPs in the union.

    Regionally, Kenyan MPs walk away with the highest package, with their Ugandan counterparts coming in second, Tanzanian MP earning USD7,266 and Rwanda USD1,271, while Africa’s top economy Nigeria pays its MPs USD15,800 and is followed on closely by South Africa USD16,243.

    The size of Uganda’s Parliament has always been a topic of discussion, a subject critics picked up when comparing the salary where they pointed out that Kenya has a GDP of USD60 billion, Tanzania USD48bn, South Africa $350bn and Nigeria $568bn, while Uganda’s GDP is just $26bn.

    On the global scene, UAS law makers earn highest USA ($14,500), Brazil ($13,133), Norway ($11,500), Britain ($8,783), Germany $9,958 Sweden ($8,275), France ($7,158), and Spain MPs walk away with ($3,658).

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    Gen. Bigirwa Deletes NUP From Busoga & Dumps It In Magere; Gen. Museveni Jubilating….

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    The legendary chinua Achebe stated that; “never test the depth of a river with both feet”.

    This is what Bobi Wine did through selective and apoplectic persecution of Bigirwa Moses, the self proclaimed general who of recent denounced the Un reliable National Unity Platform (NUP) and its entire lurch leadership.

    The self styled general has created a very big endless smile on the legendary president and the NRM after completely drowning and eventually killing NUP, burying it at Bobi Wine’s Magere.

    After all, What colorable reason could be assigned to Bigirwa in a party that feels comfortable on settling as the leaders of opposition for monetory gains?

    Recently, the suspicious and rancor Bigirwa launched his pressure group called the Eastern Revolutionary platform (ERP) and installed himself as the supreme leader. This is a very big blow to the already embattled Robert Kyagulanyi’s NUP, whose support in Busoga has been deteriorating day after day.

    Busoga lost trust in NUP because of it’s disrespect to the kingdom. This is after Various NUP herd mentality people abused and ridiculed the cultural institution and the king on several occasions.

    The startled subjects almost wept when the top NUP leadership failed to de-associate it’s self from such individuals.

    Coupled by the alleged support of homosexuality, the vexed people in the Busoga territory can’t bear NUP anymore. The ethnography of Basoga can’t give chance to such un cultured leaders to thrive. They realized President Museveni is the only person who can preserve their culture.

    Bigirwa read between the lines and opted not to assist an unjust administration by disobeying their unjust orders and decrees. To continue paying allegiance to NUP would mean partaking their evil. He chose the NRM’s noble cause of disobedience to evil to secure the future of our beautiful nation.

    Bigirwa has openly taken a bold decision and has castigated NUP’s top leadership for abandoning the struggle due to selfishness and parochial interests. He has demonstrated that it’s not right to think of oneself.

    He has emulated Gen. Museveni’s belief of sacrifice and service above self in a human spirit that will always survive and prevail.

    The alleged signs of parachoalism and chauvinism are barbaric and cannot drive our country anywhere apart from plunging us into turmoil yet we can no longer tolerate any dangers to the forward march of Uganda.

    President Museveni, NRM and Bigirwa wins. In Busoga, to resist radical evil means that you’re cultured. It’s a heroic character. It’s enduring a life that by all standards of the wider society is viewed as a success. The more Kyagulanyi runs to imperialists, the actors of the barbaric homosexuality to help him remove the tactical acumen from the most prestigious seat because of defending our culture, the more love and respect ugandans will accord gen. Museveni.

    Bigirwa has accepted that the dominant culture and NRM’s main pillars of social economic transformation, patriotism, democracy and Pan-Africanism is the way to go. There is no doubt he has opened the eyes of the remaining few people who have been blindly following the enemies of development.

    Compulsive liars are frightening and a great danger to society but the people of Busoga have rejected being compulsive believers. Believing would tantamount into liar’s enablers. NUP is finally buried in Magere and it will be extremely difficult to get any NUP elected leader from Busoga in the 2026 polls. NRM and president Museveni will be overwhelmingly voted.

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a researcher, political analyst and Ass. RCC Jinja City.

    Tel. 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    Mayor Mulyanyama Takes His Fight Against Bobi Wine’s Brother Nyanzi For NUP Ticket To CBS Radio…

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    Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama

    Fight within National Unity Platform (NUP) for Kampala City Lord Mayor ticket has deepened as maverick Makindye Division Mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama declared war on Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, the elder brother to Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Both Nyanzi and Mulyanyama have declared interest to contest against the current Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and they are clandestinely mobilizing for internal party support.

    theGrapevine haa established that Mulyanyama has entered a deal with Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio to popularise his political ambitions for Lord Mayor seat and he has already started using the platform to fight Nyanzi.

    Last week, he accused Nyanzi of using reckless statements which placed their boss Bobi Wine and their party in bad light.

    Mulyanyama was responding to the statement made by Nyanzi on the misunderstanding between NUP leadership and Masaka region journalists who accused Bobi Wine security of insulting them.

    Nyanzi told CBS radio that the said journalists are making these malicious allegations because they are working for Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba’s group to fight Bobi Wine .

    Nyanzi and other NUP leaders particularly accuse CBS radio’s Masaka city news reporter Tomusange Kayinja of masterminding the drive of attacking and giving false news against Bobi Wine which Mulyanyama rubbished.

    Mulyanyama asserted that CBS is a radio with professional journalists and presenters and they should not be dragged in petty internal party fights.

    He disclosed that he cannot look on as Nyanzi and other people use their positions in the party to fight Kabaka’s radio which has always given many opposition politicians the platform that has helped them win elections against President Museveni’s NRM party.

    It should be noted that there is ongoing bad blood between the Mengo administration led by Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and NUP leadership.

    The bitter verbal exchanges have come from both sides.

    However, insiders at CBS radio told theGrapevine that Mulyanyama wanted to use CBS as his political mobilization weapon to weaken Lukwago.

    Sources said that he is desperate, frustrated and confused after learning that there are ongoing talks spearheaded by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke for Lukwago to join NUP and one of the conditions involves giving him the Lord Mayor ticket come 2026.

    Recently, Bobi Wine stopped Nyanzi from campaigning for the office of the Lord Mayor and even threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

    Nyanzi accused NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya of compromising Bobi Wine to humiliate him because he is also interested in the position.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    MP Bagala Warns Bobi Wine Supporters To Stop Attacking Her For Shielding Mpuuga …

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine with MP Joyce Bagala

    Mityana district woman legislator Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa has warned supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to stop attacking her because she has a good relationship with troubled former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga.

    A furious Bagala admitted that she has been receiving a number of phone calls from her voters pleading with her to dump Mpuuga to save her position come 2026.

    She explained that she cannot isolate Mpuuga because he accepted a service award of Shs500m for being a good Leader of Opposition in Parliament which she says was passed by Members of Parliament legally.

    Bagala added that she has been a friend to Mpuuga even before joining politics and she cannot accept to be dragged in the internal fights he has with Bobi Wine.

    She further noted that she cannot be threatened over the party card come 2026 parliamentary elections because she is loyal to her party and very sure that she will be given the party card again.

    On the issue of not escorting Bobi Wine to Masaka during NUP’s political mobilization tour, Bagala said that she was busy in her constituency preparing for Bobi Wine’s visit in Mityana and not accompanying him is not a sign of disloyalty to the party.

    Bagala admitted that she is very proud of being on the committee that is organizing Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony which is expected to take place on 21st June, 2024 in Masaka where Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga is expected as the Chief Guest.

    She further rubbished allegation that Mpuuga is set to announce his next move during the ceremony.

    According to sources close to the Nyendo-Mukungwe legislator, there are allegations that he is going to form a new political party which his henchmen will use as a political vehicle in 2026 general elections.

    Bagala made the rebuttal on Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio after being pressurized by NUP’s Deputy Spokesperson Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro who mentioned her as one of the legislators the country is waiting for to sign the impeachment motion against the four parliamentary commissioners.

    Mufumbiro said that Bobi Wine is set to publically read the names of all legislators who signed the impeachment motion against the four commissioners for illegally receiving Shs1.7bn.

    Bagala joined Kira Municipality’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Kampala Central’s Muhammad Nsereko and others who declared that they will not sign the impeachment papers.

    Ssemujju said that he cannot be threatened that by not signing the impeachment papers, he will be voted out of parliament come 2026 noting that even if he goes out of parliament, he will remain in a good life because even before joining parliament, he was in a good life.

    He said that in one of the elections, he was threatened by one of the voters that he will be voted out of parliament in the next elections but by the time elections came, the said voter was dead and he even gave the mourners the car they used to transport his dead body.

    He noted that what should be done is to educate leaders to know their role instead of being threatened by voters.

    He predicted that what happened in his Forum for Democratic Change is going to happen to NUP and many leaders and supporters are going to leave before the 2026 general elections.

    He was supported by Bagala who said that leaders should be trained especially in the Buganda region if Baganda want to compete nationally.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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