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Ex VIPs Mbabazi, Kazibwe in Line as Nsibambi Gets New Gov’t Vehicle

Former Premier Apollo Nsibambi in his new Land Cruiser

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, diagnosis http://couponadventures.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php Vice Presidents Specioza Wandira Kazibwe and Gilbert Bukenya are among former officials set to receive new vehicles from government.

On Thursday, cheapest former Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service Prof. Apollo Nsibambi received his brand new Toyota Land Cruiser at a function officiated by the Public Service Minister Muruuli Mukasa in Kampala.

The vehicle is part of the retirement benefits to former Presidents, approved Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers as enshrined in article 108(a) of the Constitution.

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Nsibambi in his new car

Nsibambi in his new car

“Government through parliament decided to honor former Presidents, Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers so they can retire with dignity and comfort in return for their good service to the country,” the Public Service Minister Muruuli Mukasa said.

He clarified however that the benefits don’t consider the way one left government but a proved for in the Constitution that all former leaders at this level are treated that way so they can retire in comfort.”

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was sacked by President Museveni with whom he disagreed and was replaced with then Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

The Land Cruiser was procured at Shs. 350million

The Land Cruiser was procured at Shs. 350million

Prof. Nsibambi said he was delighted that government had fulfilled its pledge.

“I served government for 12 years as Public Service Minister, Education Minister and Prime Minister and it is a good gesture to be honored; I am delighted,” Nsibambi said.

“I had borrowed the car I have been using from the Office of the Prime Minister and now it’s good I have got mine.”

In an interview with Chimpreports, the Public Service  Permanent Secretary Catherine Bitarakwate Tusingwiire said the Toyota Land Cruiser had cost Shs350 million including taxes.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service  Catherine Tusingwiire speaks to Chimpreports

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service Catherine Tusingwiire speaks to Chimpreports

She added that other former VIPs including former Prime Ministers Amama  Mbabazi and Kintu Musoke; Vice Presidents Specioza  Wandira Kazibwe  and Gilbert Bukenya are also  in line for similar vehicles and other privileges.

“Bukenya was supposed to receive his today but he could not attend the function. Former Prime Minister Mbabazi and others are to receive theirs at the end of August,” Bitarakwate said.

She added that former Presidents too are entitled to similar retirement benefits stressing that Idi Amin’s family received a lumpsum of over Shs 1 billion after his death.

The vehicles, money and other retirement benefits for the former VIPs according to the Public Service Permanent Secretary were approved by parliament in the 2015/16 budget.

According to ministerial policy statement for the ministry of Public Service and Public Service Commission presented to parliament and approved, former VIPs including Presidents, Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers are entitled to retirement benefits including vehicles serviced by government, driver, security guard, house help and money for new houses among others.

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