iPads: Fr Batanyenda Attacks Kadaga


more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Parliament recently dished out the electronic gadgets worth shs1bn to MPs in a move officials said was aimed at cutting down the huge printing cost of documents such as Bills.

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click geneva;”>Parliament said the ipads would see MPs receive huge documents in form of emails on their ipads.

However, while appearing on a local radio station in Kabale district on Wednesday, Batanyenda said “all this money should have been used by the government to help people who are suffering without basic necessities.”

“Our MPs are running away from what they were sent to do. They are now hunting for their stomachs,” said the Kabale church leader who is well known for not mincing his words.

“I wonder how the people we sent to represent us in the Parliament can turn around and move a motion to spend the taxpayers’ money to buy luxurious things like iPads. There are so many people who are dying in hospitals due to lack of medicine and some are dying of hunger in several parts of the country. Instead of highlighting these issues, their MPs are swimming in luxury.”

He added: “This week I saw one of the hospitals in western Uganda on a television and it was rotting away with a leaking roof and inadequate medical supplies and I asked myself if such place has a representative in Parliament who will also get an iPad as his people are dying.”

Ugandans recently used media platforms to vent out their frustrations with Parliament’s exploitative behaviour, with many arguing that MPs should buy iPads from their fat salaries.


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