Wakida: 80% MPs will lose seats for taking bribes

Parliament of Uganda hosted people's Parliament.

Patrick Wakida, Research World International boss, insists a number of those MPs were told “go to Parliament and don’t amend the constitution” only to end up voting in favour of the constitution.

“Do we still trust Parliament? Does it still exist as an independent arm of government? Parliament works on behalf of population. Do I still trust that this Parliament represents views of the population? Do they represent our views or their individual views? It is diluted.”

According to Wakida, the trust is gone because there was exchange of money and it’s going to increase the behaviour of votes — they will ask for money to vote for them.

“There is a constitutional requirement. These guys (MPs/employees) went to Parliament and said five years are very little for us. They had never talked about it with their employers (voters).”

He said the purpose of Shs29m was to consult the people and the concept of consultation is to pick views of the people.

“There is an MP I know, he was telling people that it wasn’t about age limit but it was about young people contesting for power,” he said.

According to Wakida, in 2016 elections, the failure of MPs to return to Parliament was close to 63%.

He predicts that this time around it will be around 80% explaining that the basis of trust is the deeds of that institution.

“I did a research and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was a very popular leader in 2012. I followed it up in 2014, she had faded.”

He added: “I don’t know how popular she is today. She lost grip the day she questioned who raided Parliament.”

But the director of communications at parliament, Chris Obore, says there is no political party which gave any MP money for consultation.

The Shs29m was administratively given to MPs by Parliament.