today's Pick
Kadaga defends broke MPs
Publish Date: Aug 27, 2014
Kadaga defends broke MPs
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga being interviewed by Urban Today host Sophie Aniku on Urban TV. Photo by Kennedy Oryema
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Moses Walubiri

 

SPEAKER, Rebecca Kadaga, has taken exception to the negative media blitz legislators in the ninth parliament have endured lately over their levels of indebtedness, saying their plight is not unique to them.

 

Kadaga, although acknowledging the dangers indebted MPs pose to the image and functioning of parliament, contends the issue has been blown out of proportion on account of legislators’ status in society.  

 

“MPs don’t come from Mars. Even in the media, there are people who are broke but no one is writing about them,” Kadaga said on Wednesday during Urban TV’s morning program, Urban Today.

 

Kadaga’s comments come in the wake of her revelation last Friday that the Parliamentary Commission had communicated to all banks its decision to stop underwriting legislators’ loans.

 

The Kamuli woman MP noted that the issue of MPs’ indebtedness was graver than had been reported in the media, with some MPs wary of strolling out of the precincts of parliament because of prowling court bailiffs.

 

As a reminder of the problem of legislators sinking in debt, Gomba woman MP, Nakato Kyabangi, on Tuesday survived serving a stint in prison over sh79m debt after depositing sh20m.

Kadaga chats with Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga, while deputy paliament PRO Ismail Rani (second left), Urban TVs’ Angelo Izama and Samson Kasumba look on. Photo by Kennedy Oryema

Kyabangi deposited the money in the Kampala High Court, giving her a temporary reprieve from Kenroy Investments (U) Ltd – a money lending firm.

 

Kadaga also stridently defended MPs from accusations of greed, citing the example of judges and other senior civil servants that are facilitated to do their work.

 

“Parliament’s budget is less than 2% of the national budget. But when an MP is given some money to buy an old car to facilitate his movement, people make a big deal about it. It’s not fair,” Kadaga said.

 

Kadaga was responding to questions whether the imagery of two piglets caked in yellow colour that were recently smuggled into the precincts of parliament painted a true picture of greedy legislators.

 

The ninth parliament has of late lost its lustre after a blitz of negative media reports ranging from accountability, lack of quorum to indebtedness of legislators.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Charles Elem Ogwal as the second deputy Director of Public Prosecutions with immediate effect....
Seventy years on, US judge clears executed black teen
A judge in the southern US state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls....
EU court says obesity can be disability
The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work....
Village votes to expel HIV-positive boy
The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition...
Sony cancels release of film on N. Korea leader
Sony Pictures on Wednesday cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered chilling threats from hackers....
Venus probe ends after it runs out of fuel
The space probe that spent eight years carrying out a detailed analysis of Venus is out of fuel, and is set to die....
What is causing the rise in Early child marriages?
Decaying social structures
Poor Education
None of the above
follow us
subscribe to our news letter