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How Political Parties Shared UGx 23 Billion IPOD Funds

It has been revealed that at least seven political parties with representation in Parliament have received a share of the Shs23b Shortly after Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao attacked NUP party leaders for Distance from Shs3.1B IPOD Funds.

The 23B shillings were received from the Electoral Commission (EC) for running their activities and meeting other budgets among political parties.

The Political Parties and other Organisations Act mandates government to fund parties with representation in Parliament.

According to EC officials, the money was sent to the political parties this month as soon as it was received from the ministry of Finance as provided for by the law where the National Resistance Movement (NRM), which has majority representation in Parliament, received Shs17b; National Unity Platform (NUP) got Shs3.1b, and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) received Shs1.7b in terms of figures.

Other political parties that received the money include Democratic Party (DP) (Shs485m), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) (Shs485m), Justice Forum (Jeema) (Shs53m), and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) (Shs53m).

Recently, NUP party declined to join IPOD for reasons well stated, and has not accepted any facilitation from them.

“We are aware of the funds given to political parties under IPOD, but we declined all of them, as long as Museveni continues to use it to legitimize his illegitimate gun rule,” NUP said in December 2021.

The party has also in the past accused the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) of turning IPOD into a forum in which party principals meet for a cup of tea and photo opportunity.

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