By Madinah Tebajjukira
SERVING as president or vice-president is like being a prisoner, former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe has said.
â€œYou do not have the right to choose who your maid is, whom to relate with, when, how to move and who to accompany you,â€ 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.
â€œWhat 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? Isnâ€™t this instability?â€ 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 presidentâ€™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: â€œCertainly, I will accept and use it for charity work because even if I donâ€™t someone else will claim it.â€