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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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    Why NUP Want Dead Body Of Bobi Wine’s Bodyguard Exhumed; Mpuuga Set To Make More Demands…

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    Bobi Wine (R) with the late Ssenteza (L)

    The Opposition in Parliament lead by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba on Tuesday are set to task Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire the Internal Affairs senior minister to give a detailed report concerning the circumstances that caused the death of Francis Kalibbala Ssenteza the former bodyguard to National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    Shadow Finance minister and also Butambala County legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi told theGrapevine that they were not convinced with Gen. Otafiire’s report and they are going to give the country a response through Mpuuga on the floor of Parliament.

    Kivumbi said that among the issues they want explained is the way Ssenteza was killed in a motor accident because Gen. Otafiire’s report claims that he was knocked by Bobi Wine’s Toyota Hiace which he used during the 2021 presidential campaigns.

    He narrated that Gen. Otafiire who signed the Statement, even though it was read by his State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi confirmed that at the scene of crime, there was a military vehicle.

    He added that government intentionally refused to carry out a postmortem report on Ssenteza’s dead body because they feared that it would reveal the cause of his death.

    “He stated that NUP supporters run away with the dead body and it is the reason they gave why they didn’t make a postmortem report but all of us know very well that the State has the capacity to exhume a body and carry out an autopsy because we cannot allow a person to die in such circumstances not subject his body to a postmortem,” Kivumbi said.

    Ssenteza, who was a carpenter at Mulago ku Biiri along Bombo road was knocked dead at Busega roundabout and buried in December of 2020 at his ancestral home in Masaka district.

    Kivumbi added that another explanation they want from Otafire is the circumstances under which Bobi Wine supporter Ritah Nabukenya died in a motor accident.

    He said that Otafire confirmed that Nabukenya was knocked by a speeding police patrol at Nakawa a Kampala city suburb and the driver of the patrol was arrested but the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) Justice Jane Frances Abodo declined to sanction the file on grounds that it did not have supporting evidence.

    He insisted that the evidence was there but the file was not sanctioned on political grounds.

    However when contacted, Gen. Otafiire boasted that he is ready to face Mpuuga in parliament and he will answer all his questions on the floor of parliament because he will be there himself, not his junior minister.

    Highly placed sources in the LOP’s office told theGrapevine that immediately after Mpuuga makes his response, he will table fresh demands.

    They will include demands for an explanation on the arrest and humiliation of Muslim clerics and the issue of Balalo in northern Uganda particularly in Acholi.

    But Otafiire said that once the new demands are raised, he will ask the presiding speaker to give him more time to investigate the allegation and report back as he did with the first demands.

     

    By Hadijja Namagembe

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    OPINION:  Bigirwa Successfully Deletes NUP From Political Map In Busoga…

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    Bigirwa (C) salutes Bobi Wine (L). On the right is the writer George Mubiru

    As the elders say, “He who rushes ahead doesn’t reach far.” This proverb explains exactly why Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) rapidly conquered Busoga but drastically seem to have lost it within a twinkle of an eye.

    This has also justified the saying that; “A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it is hatched.”

    NUP’s egg will never hatch. The recently concluded memorable royal wedding, which Basoga and the friends of Busoga adhored and witnessed exposed the ill  intentions of NUP towards Busoga.

    In an alleged audio conversation between Bigirwa and the mysterious woman whose efforts were focused on failing the royal wedding, Bigirwa talks about how they (he and his president)  faked the 10M contribution delivery to the Busoga premier as a stunt and PR for the party but they did not do it out of love for Busoga.

    This shocked Basoga and opened their eyes to know how exactly NUP feels about BUSOGA.

    The ill intentions of NUP towards Busoga was further exposed after the royal wedding when Bajjo appeared on one of the Kampala based FM radio stations where he falsely insulted and accused Busoga kingdom that they didn’t invite NUP yet there were NUP officials who attended the function like MP Manjeri Kyebakutika, Swengere, Hassan Muwanga, etc.

    He went ahead to demand for the refund of the money NUP contributed towards the royal wedding.

    As if that was not enough, there are so many bloggers and TikTokers who have continuously abused the king and Basoga using Luganda language as well as attaching themselves to NUP and Bobi Wine. Neither the NUP principal nor the party leaders have come out to disassociate themselves and the party from such individuals, maybe as a sign that they support them.

    To redeem themselves, the party leadership sat and demoted Bigirwa from his position as coordinator eastern region, a move which rubber-stamp their guilt.

    In a dramatic turn of events, Bigirwa has vowed not to drown alone. He has promised to expose the true version of NUP and expose all their misdeeds.

    Nothing disturbs me more than the glorification of stupidity against our culture because of their selfishness interests.

    What’s the significance of all the above?

    In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins his case. NUP loses; NRM and President Museveni win again.

    1.If you shut out the truth and bury it under the ground, it will grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through, it will blow up everything in its way. Basoga have realized that NUP and Bobi Wine are their enemies. They were hoodwinked by Bobi Wine and given time, the truth has unfolded. After all, how easy is it to make people believe a lie, and how hard is it to undo that work again.

    2.Why is the Guinea fowl not used in rituals despite it’s beauty. The simple answer is in alignment with the popular axiom: “All that glitters is not gold.” Majority of the population in Busoga are so much aggrieved by such actions and have vowed not to support NUP and Bobi Wine anymore. They believe that they have been rediculed enough and have discovered the initial deception of Bobi Wine.

    1. Some Basoga are ready to refund the 10m NUP contributed towards the function as demanded by BAJJO.
    2. If a musoga says NO, he means it. It’s point clear that they have dustbined Bobi Wine and NUP.
    3. NUP is built on opportunism, sectarianism, tribalism and hypocrisy. They are self seekers and therefore the so called struggle is built for personal gains. How ironically it is, they want to reap fat cheques without due work done.

    The reason why president Museveni has remained relevant politically for the last 60 years, is because he takes the line between Uganda and Africa, he doesn’t look at identity. The big problem in Uganda before him was bad politics which he solved immediately.

    As usual, patience is the companion of wisdom, general Museveni will undoubtedly reclaim Busoga in 2026 with a resounding victory. As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a Jinja based researcher and NRM mobilizer

    Tel: 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    FDC’s Nsibambi Threatens To Resign From His MP Seat If Ssemujju Tables Evidence Exposing His Dealings With M7…

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    Yusuf Nsibambi (L) and Semujju Nganda (R)

    Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South legislator who also doubles as the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Chief Whip in parliament has threatened to resign his two political positions if Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda tables evidence supporting his allegations that he has been having secret dealings with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government.

    Ssemujju claimed that Nsibambi shocked him when he discovered that the man he has been respecting for a long time as a university law don and the former chairperson of Kampala District Land Board is a mafia.

    He alleged that he has evidence showing that when parliamentary committees made majority and minority reports, Nsibambi always signed on both reports.

    He disclosed that Nsibambi always signed the majority report to show President Museveni that he supports him but also signed the minority report to show that he is supporting the opposition in parliament.

    He added that from then on, he lost trust in Nsibambi and it was the reason why he was not shocked when he decided to attend parliament plenary when the Leader of Opposition in parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba directed them not to attend until president Museveni’s government gives parliament a detailed report on the status of the opposition supporters who are missing.

    However, Nsibambi put Ssemujju on notice to provide proof to support his allegations, promising to resign if he tables the evidence.

    He accused Ssemujju of being one of the new breed of politicians who have mastered the art of playing malice and blackmail politics.

    He said that Ssemujju is using the opposition parliament plenary boycott to carry out his revenge on him after he was dismissed from the office of FDC Chief Whip in parliament.

    He advised opposition leadership in parliament to avoid using the boycott to fight personal battles like Ssemujju is doing because they are dealing with President Museveni who spends over 18 hours a day only thinking about politics.

     

    By Hadijja Namagembe

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