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Addressing a press conference at parliament on Monday, MPs Bernard Atiku, Mohamed Muwanga Kivumbi and Joseph Sewungu reportedly revealed that each NRM MP was being given Shs 110m through the office of the government Chief Whip and the Office of the President.
Observers have since linked this money to serving the enormous debts that some legislators claim to have accumulated from bank loans.
FDC are now asking Speaker Kadaga and State House to come clean on what is going on.
“Normally once such an allegation is made against the ruling party especially by the opposition, we would have seen the party coming out to refute the claims. But we haven’t seen anyone denying. We prefer now to believe that this money is actually being handed out,” stressed FDC spokesperson John Kikonyogo this morning.
“What is even disturbing is that the money is not going to their accounts, so that it could fetch some taxes for us,” he said.
“Apparently, our sources are telling us, that this it is being handed out in cash and that it comes in boxes. They say that Brig. (Proscovia) Nalweyiso is coordinating the scheme.”
“If indeed this is a baseless rumour, then why hasn’t State house come out deny it?” wondered FDC’s Francis Mwijukye at today’s press conference.
Chimpreports was unable to reach the Speaker by the time we posted this story.
Mr Kikonyogo says that Kadaga is being given an ultimatum of one week to come in the open and explain the distribution of the money, or they will mobilize the public to march to parliament.
“This is not an issue that we can keep talking about. Our parliament is losing its whole meaning. We are going to storm that house and demand some answers,” he noted.
This is not the first time MPs are being accused of receiving bribes. It is alleged some lawmakers picked shs5m each in 2005 to scrap presidential term limits from the Constitution.