MPs Praise Lumumba, Opondo for Condemning Oil Cash Bonanza

Members of Parliament have praised the National Resistance Movement party senior officials for condemning the Shs 6bn Presidential Handshake money that the salaried government officials shared in August last year.

The motion asking for investigations into the handshake was formally moved on the floor of Parliament by the Mbarara Municipality member, advice Michael Tusiime on Wednesday after a week of contention between the Legislature and the Judiciary.

The Kasilo County legislator, physician Elijah Okupa who is among the 4 MPs that seconded the motion, dosage took to the floor to praise the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, deputy party Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and the Women League’s Chairperson Lydia Wanyoto for criticizing the matter.

“Madam Speaker and honorable members allow me start by congratulating the NRM S.G for condemning the handshake impunity, the Deputy Spokesman and the Chair of women’s league. All the right thinking leaders against the impunity have stood with the country,” MP Okupa said.

Lumumba, Opondo and Wanyotto have openly disagreed with the bonuses, saying it was immoral and involved questionable processes since the accounting officers who participated in the approvals also benefitted.

Meanwhile the Bukedea district woman MP, Anita Amongin who deputizes Abdu Katuntu on the Committee of Commissions Statutory and State Enterprises, said the bonanza contravened both legal and moral perimeters.

“The officials involved in the handshake failed both the legal and moral test. It was grossly unethical for the civil servants getting good salaries to again initiate and divide between themselves billions,” Ms. Amongin said.

She added that the beneficiaries should be made to refund the money. Other MPs who seconded the motion are Peter Ogwang (Osuk) and Vincent Niwagaba (Ndorwa East).


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