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How NUP MPs Defied Kyagulanyi On Shs40m Supplementary Budget Handshake

Joyce Bagala with Bobi Wine
Joyce Bagala with Bobi Wine

National Unity Platform Members of Parliament are in ropes with their boss after slamming calls to return the Shs40 million handshake received as a token as an appreciation for passing a supplementary budget.

This cash bonanza saga started last week with all MPs receiving Shs40m from the Presidents office at Parliament.

The party leadership in Parliament has called an emergency caucus meeting today to decide the way forward as the deadline which was given to NUP legislator showing up with the money passed last evening but no one showed up.

The Opposition chief whip in Parliament Mr John Baptist Nambeshe, who was in charge of receiving the money from party MPs, narrated how he had camped at his office since Tuesday waiting for the MPs but none showed up until he left for other businesses last evening.

Even those people from whom we were expecting the money from have not yet show up, Mr Nambeshe said.

According to sources, the cash bonanza saga started last week when all MPs were receiving Shs40m from the Presidents office at Parliament as a token of appreciation for passing a supplementary budget.

On Monday night, the leaders of NUP held a crisis meeting at the Kamwokya offices in which Bobi Wine gave the MPs an ultimatum of 48 hours to return the controversial cash given to lawmakers for passing of a Shs77b supplementary classified budget.

However, it was revealed that some NUP MPs laughed off the directive and vowed to keep the money. Other lawmakers admitted receiving the handshake and at the same time challenged Bobi Wine to prove that they received the said cash.

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Some MPs who never wanted to be revealed asked Bobi Wine and other party leaders to do whatever they want and reiterated that they were not ready to return the money because they did not know where to take it in the first place.

They also indicated that they cannot take back the money since they were not even sure whether the cash would end up in the right hands or not while others said it was foolhardy for NUP leaders to imagine that MPs would accept to take back the money yet others are going to enjoy it.

Other legislators indicated that the money would go to critical projects in their constituencies and advised Mr Nambeshe and the principal to stop the drama.

According to soures, the defiance of MPs on the cash bonanza was going to be a big problem which would mark the beginning of what they called a fundamental disagreement between Bobi Wine and the MPs.

On May 19/2022, Parliament approved a Shs618b supplementary budget and the details show that Shs77b was allocated to State House for classified expenditure while the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) got Shs152b through the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs.

A total of Shs64.4b was earmarked for bankrolling Operation Shujaa, the ongoing joint UPDF-Congolese army mission to counter Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), while Shs87.5b was set aside to facilitate security operations in Karamoja Sub-region.

Sources also revealed that the Parliaments Budget Committee had rejected the State House supplementary request when it was first presented since its allocation did not have a vote and its purpose, dubbed as classified.

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It should be noted that its not the 1st time for MPs being dished with so called tokens of appreciation when the state is in need of any supplementary budget.

It should be recalled that in 2005, MPs received Shs5m each in order to remove the term limit cap from the 1995 constitution.

The Parliament also wired Shs20m to each of the 329 MPs in parliament, 28 days to the general elections, a day after the ruling party forced through a controversial supplementary budget of Shs602 billion in 2011.

MPs also took Shs20m each from Covid-19 supplementary budget request in 2020 during covid-19 pandemic.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.