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The president is like a prisoner, says Kazibwe

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th May 2009 03:00 AM

SERVING as president or vice-president is like being a prisoner, former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe has said.

SERVING as president or vice-president is like being a prisoner, former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe has said.

By Madinah Tebajjukira

SERVING as president or vice-president is like being a prisoner, former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe has said.

“You do not have the right to choose who your maid is, whom to relate with, when, how to move and who to accompany you,” she said.

Kazibwe was yesterday meeting MPs on the presidential affairs committee to express her views on the Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice-President and the Prime Minister Bill 2009.

Kazibwe said she used the money she earned while still vice-president to build chicken houses because it was too little to meet her needs.

The regulations on how the president or the vice-president should behave is about to extend to dictating who they are to fall in love with, Kazibwe added.

Currently, the president earns a monthly salary of sh1.8m.

Kazibwe noted that the provision, which allows only four children of a president and his deputy to be catered for in terms of education, would cause wrangles in families of a president with multiple spouses.

According to Kazibwe, everybody under the Constitution had a right to have more than one spouse provided that person had the capacity to handle them.
“What is immoral with a woman having more than one man? If a president has more than four spouses who all have children, then how will he pick the four children? Isn’t this instability?” she asked

Kazibwe also opposed the idea of buying a house for retired vice-presidents and prime ministers, saying the venture would be too expensive.

Under the proposed Bill, the president’s salary will be increased to sh3.6m and the deputy to sh3.5m, while the premier will be paid sh3.2m.

Upon retirement, the president will get a fully-furnished house, sh20m for furniture and sh10m every five years to replace the furniture. The vice-president will get sh300m and the premier sh240m to buy a house.

When asked whether she would accept the benefits if the Bill is passed, Kazibwe said: “Certainly, I will accept and use it for charity work because even if I don’t someone else will claim it.”

The president is like a prisoner, says Kazibwe

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