MPs iPads Cost A Staggering Shs0.9bn


more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Shockingly, the 400 gadgets were procured at over Shs 900 million through an authorised Apple distributor following claims that parliament was overspending on stationery.

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The news about parliament planning the procurement of iPads at an exorbitant Shs 0.9 billion generated debate and condemnations mainly from the civil society groups but on the contrary, the Speaker who officiated the event, says they shall start saving about Shs 50 million annually as use of paper sheets becomes history.

“These iPads that we have got are going to help us save a minimum of Shs 45 million per year as we do away with the use of papers,” Kadaga told the excited MPs.

It is reported that government has been spending Shs 30 billion annually only to purchase stationery hence a need for cutting these costs.

The Speaker then went on to say that “the gadgets were acquired from their own hardearned savings not from any other department”.

Members of the 9th parliament become the first group to benefit from the 2012 e-governance programme.

The e-governance is an initiative supported by the government of South Korea and aims at eliminating bureaucracy from government departments to accelerate service delivery.


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