MP’s to Receive 321M as Vehicle allowance
A pleasant financial welcome awaits the freshly elected and re-elected members of parliament in an envelope containing nearly $100,000 which they don’t even need to account for.
The Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija is hunting for at least Shs 165bn to avail parliament to give each MP as motor vehicle allowance. Divided by the 514 MPs, each will be pocketing at least Shs 321 million since there are no implementation costs for the ‘programme’.
The item of ‘Cars for new MPs’ is captured in the budget framework paper for the 2021/2022 financial year as one of the critical but unfunded priorities. The other unfunded priority in the next budget is compensation for cattle in Acholi, Lango and Teso.
Kasaija is determined to put a smile on the faces of fellow MPs who have been battered during the gruelesome scientific campaign trail. Kasaija told URN last night that even if the Shs 165 billion expenditure for cars is not yet funded, the money will have to be eventually availed because the MPs need transport, especially the first termers.