By Frank Kamuntu
Parliament: Few days after awarding themsevels UGX200 millions each to buy posh cars despite public outcry resulting from horrible COVID-19 life barriers, Ugandan Parliament has once again already set aside billions of tax payers’ money to buy themselves new iPads for the new legislators.
This has been announced Thursday by the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon.Anita Among who jubilantly revealed during a plenary sitting that new MPs instead of crying for papers for documents should be smiling for the luxurious iPads which will be given to them in course of the week which according to her, will ease their work.
”I’m so glad to inform you that instead of us asking for papers for documents, the iPads are now available. These iPads will be given to every MP in the course of the week and it will make your work easier,” said Anita.
Meanwhile, a concerned citizen who talked to us on condition of anonymity this evening has fumed that these MPs are not only merciless but too greedy and forgetful of their voters; ”Imagine all this money these guys are gifting them selves when Ugandans are dying due to poor services in hospitals on top of oxygen shortages country wide. But remember every tenure, MPs are offered a couple of privileges that cost huge tax payer’s money and are never returned at the end of the tenure, that’s wastage assisted by greed!!!” fumed a concerned citizen.
The Parliamentary Commission in 2013 approved a proposal to purchase tablets for all MPs in the 10th parliament at a cost of more than Ush1 billion. Although legislators are required to return the iPads or pay a residual fee at the end of their five-year tenure, none has fulfilled it so far.