Legislators have betrayed the electorate
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 01:00
It is quite unfortunate that at the expense of taxpayers and the electorate, Parliament has spent Shs1b so as to acquire iPads. We all appreciate the importance of this garget but such an expense should have been squarely footed by the MPs who need them.
Baseless justifications, in my opinion, have been put forward so as to defend the process of acquiring the devices yet there are other cost effective alternatives that can be adopted. The issue of cutting costs of stationery is a pretext to blindfold the public so as to fullfill the legislators’ own interests. They are highly paid, on top of which they are entitled to allowances. If one really feels that an iPad is important for them to be efficient, then why can’t they buy them rather than wait for government to do it?
You cannot allege that we are in the era of e-governance when actually most of the key sectors in the country are lagging behind and not up to date in terms of ICT and technology generally. For example, the police and other security agencies need modern technology devices for security purposes in intelligence networks and investigations.
Legislators can always acquire laptops so as to access the information that would otherwise have been printed with the aim of saving stationery. Majority of them do not find it justifiable to buy iPads for their sons and daughters in institutions of learning had they asked, even if it is clearly for academic purposes. Why then can’t they reject iPads such that this money is diverted to other sectors such as health, agriculture, poverty eradication and education. This shows that our legislators have failed to practice what they preach.
I greatly commend the legislators who are against this whole desperate idea and strongly pray that they stick to it. This is going to unmask the wolves among legislators that have pretended to be sheep.
And we as the electorate now have an opportunity to tell whether we have good shepherds or poachers. Legislators condemned other government institutions about unnecessary expenditures, especially the State House. However, when it comes to individual and materialist benefits, they all turn a deaf ear. It is time to prove your worth, dear legislators.