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New MPs’ car scheme is amazing

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th January 2007 03:00 AM

SIR — To say I am only angry about the turn of events concerning the cars for MPs, is an understatement. I am astonished and at a loss for words. As a Ugandan, I feel the way public resources are squandered is a scandal.

SIR — To say I am only angry about the turn of events concerning the cars for MPs, is an understatement. I am astonished and at a loss for words. As a Ugandan, I feel the way public resources are squandered is a scandal.

SIR — To say I am only angry about the turn of events concerning the cars for MPs, is an understatement. I am astonished and at a loss for words.

As a Ugandan, I feel the way public resources are squandered is a scandal. The Government might think some of us are cynical and ungrateful but what else is there to say if all we read in the press are stories of company collapse (AGOA), forests give-aways, power blackouts, tear gas and impasse on MPs’ cars causing postponement of Parliament business for weeks?

I have scratched my humble head for answers, but found none to explain the logic of refusing to grant the request for MPs to have the cars at sh60m because it is ‘too much’ but a few days later declare that each MP will have a sh80m sh120m car. that is not all. The cars come along with an official driver, fuel and service costs including a comprehensive insurance cover all paid for by the taxpayer!

While most of us disagreed with the price the MPs had suggested, we are now persuaded to support their proposal as a lesser evil! Something is fundamentally wrong and I will be relieved if the IGG picked interest in the matter and investigated the matter.

One is persuaded to speculate thus:
  • The government wants to play the role of a husband who can provide for the needs of his nagging wife beyond her expectations in order to get more favours from her later. This could be passing some unpopular laws.

  • Someone at the Logistics desk might be out to make a big deal from the transaction. After comparisons had been made with staff in State House, government might want to show that they treat the MPs a little better. As voters, we deserve better. Let us construct a scenario. Someone is suffering in Bwera hospital, desperate for an urgent operation which can only be done at Mulago Hospital. A trip to Mulago was abandoned because suitable transport was not available. She almost died on board an ordinary vehicle and was returned to Bwera hospital to live on ‘God’s mercy’.


  • Can you imagine what joy it would bring to the entire population of Kasese and other districts if the government procured ambulances for the hospitals and health centres to help in saving the lives of the ordinary people! In the case of Kasese where we have five MPs, sh300m would be saved! This can buy a decent ambulance. We still have all the money saved from the fuel and maintenance costs for the MPs’ cars.

    how I long for the resource-saving culture of the 1986–1996 government! If MPs accept the government offer, they will taint their image and will have acted less honourably than expected.
    David B. Nguru
    London


    SIR — The politics of this country is quite dynamic. I wish the Electoral Commission could adjust accordingly. Twenty years ago our legislators were content with Santanas and now they want sh60m vehicles each. Maybe next time they will be asking for mansions in upscale suburbs of Kampala. The Electoral Commission should rule that no needy candidates should stand for parliamentary seats.
    George Murungi Nyakaana
    Kampala


    SIR — I wish President Museveni could dissolve the Parliament and save Ugandans from perpetual exploitation by our insensitive and selfish MPs.
    Jane Ayebare
    Kanungu

    New MPs’ car scheme is amazing

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