MPs get Shs100m each for elections
Members of Parliament have received Shs100 million each in their personal accounts as fuel arrears to “facilitate” them ahead of the 2016 general election.
MPs who requested not to be named for fear of backlash, told Daily Monitor yesterday how the 386 MPs in the 9th Parliament shared Shs38.6b. The money, which was requested by MPs through the Parliamentary Commission, came from the Ministry of Finance last week and was wired to individual members’ accounts.
Daily Monitor understands that authorities in Parliament calculated the difference in pump prices between Shs2,500 per litre in 2011 and Shs3,750 to date. This means the payment is a lumpsum amount, covering a period of five years.
The Government Chief Whip, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, yesterday confirmed the latest payment to MPs but asked Daily Monitor to get the details from the Parliamentary Commission. However, the Government Chief Whip said she was compiling “a modest budget”, distinct from the Shs100m each MP received, to facilitate NRM MPs consult members in their constituencies on the party’s 2016-2021 manifesto.