Saturday April 19 2014

‘Rebel’ MPs castigate Museveni over NRM cash


“Rebel” NRM MPs have accused President Museveni of diverting the country’s resources to finance NRM party activities in a bid to promote President Museveni’s life presidency bid at the expense of poor Ugandans.

The rebel MPs; Theodore Ssekikubo, (Lwemiyaga), Wilfred Nuwagaba, (Ndorwa West) Barnabas Tinkasimiire (Buyaga) and Youth MP for western Uganda, Gerald Karuhanga, while delivering what they termed as “Easter message” to Ugandans, claimed government dipped its hands in public coffers and gave out money to NRM MPs to popularise his presidential bid to the masses.

Mr Ssekikubo chaired yesterday’s session in which he said the NRM leadership in Parliament earmarked Shs6 million for each Sub-county, Shs2 million for fuel and Shs1.5 million for coordination, which was given out to all the NRM legislators

Under the arrangement, constituents would each receive Shs10,000 but the MPs claimed the President’s popularity had dwindled, which is the reason he is forcing himself on the masses.

The government chief whip, Ms Kasule Lumumba, could not be reached for a comment as she was reportedly in a meeting but the Uganda Media Centre boss, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said Mr Ssekikubo and others were seeking media attention since they have been out of news. He said the MPs each received Shs20 million in last MP elections to finance their campaigns.