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Parliament says ousted MPs will keep cars

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th March 2017 03:32 PM

Sh150m was budgeted for each MP's car, meaning government spent a total of sh64b on the 427 legislators

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Rehema Watongola one of the recipients of the money will keep it if she loses the Kamuli Municipality by-election.

Sh150m was budgeted for each MP's car, meaning government spent a total of sh64b on the 427 legislators

Parliament has revealed that legislators who lost their seats will retain their vehicles.

The Ministry of Finance initially advised Parliament not to give money to Members of Parliament who had pending court cases.

So far, three legislators; Kagoma County’s Moses Walyomu, Kamuli Municipality’s Rehema Watongola and Aruu North’s Lucy Aciro lost their seats but all has received the money.

Sh150m was budgeted for each MP's car, meaning government spent a total of sh64b on the 427 legislators excluding those from newly created constituencies. 

Parliament’s director of communication, Chris Obore, said the former legislators were given the money as sworn MPs to facilitate their work.

If any Member of Parliament comes in, we have to facilitate them” Obore said.

“By the time we pay money for cars, it’s for MPs who are sworn in. The person who runs Parliament is not the Minister of Finance. It’s the Speaker for of Parliament” Obore stressed.

He however said that in case any of them wins their by-elections, they won’t get new cars.

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