Speaking on an interview, Chris Obore, the Director Communications and Public Affairs Department in Parliament said that 200million is the same amount as one given to MPs in the previous 10th Parliament.
Whereas many say timing of the release of the money at a time when the country is battling with the Covid pandemic is wrong, Obore insisted that MPs too are involved in the fight against Covid, adding that the money for vehicles is part of their facilitation to do Parliamentary work.
“It’s a statutory payment just like salaries and allowances of government employees, MPs are involved in the fight against Covid 19 too, whenever MPs get paid, some people complain so it’s not about Covid 19 but the attitude of some people towards MPs, but know that MPs need facilitation to do their work and in this Covid 19 time, they are more involved with their community than many of us.” He spoke
This comes after development of aroused anger among Ugandans especially those on social media who have since labelled government as inconsiderate.
“Parliament is a scheme to proliferate dictatorship, ever lumpen wants to take their gluttonous need to parliament to compete with Museveni in looting the nation” said Kakwenza Rukirabashaija on Twitter
Bernard Kironde said, “And then we hear there’s no enough oxygen in the hospitals, people are dying like infected chicken, we are suffering with no hope in lockdown and the MPs are getting 200m each for the 520MPs, imagine how many lives would have been saved with that amount”
Sentiments were not different from Sam Kyalema, a boda boda rider from Lungujja who said there are many vulnerable Ugandans to whom the money could have gone as they go through the Covid induced lockdown that has hit them so badly.