Museveni spends Shs1trn on MPs bullet-proof cars

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The State Minister for Planning, David Bahati was recently spotted being guarded by SFC

Government will spend between Shs866bn and Shs287bn to buy bullet-proof escort cars for the 456 MPs, Daily Monitor reports.

President Museveni has already ordered Finance ministry to provide army snipers and bullet-proof escort cars for MPs to enhance their security.

In the June 29 letter to Finance minister Matia Kasaija, Museveni ordered Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to protect lives of the MPs against what he termed “terrorists”.

Daily Monitor interviews with car manufacturers revealed that a 2017/18 model bullet-proof Land Cruiser pick-up costs about $520,000 (about Shs1.9b) while a 2017/18 model bullet-proof Hilux pick-up costs about $166,000 (Shs630m).

Therefore to procure bullet-proof Land Cruisers for the 456 MPs at Shs1.9b each, the government would pay out Shs866b while to acquire 2017/18 bullet-proof Hilux model at Shs630m, it would cost government Shs287b.

According to the estimates provided by car manufacturers, 2017/18 model Land Cruiser $150,000 (not bullet-proof) costs Shs570m while a Hilux $ 50,000 (not bullet-proof) fetches Shs190m.

This cost does not include fuel, servicing and general mechanical maintenance.

MPs speak

Presiding over plenary Wednesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga reminded members that the issue of security was raised by them during the meeting with the President.

“But we shall study the letter as a Commission and advise on how we shall proceed,” she said.

Hon Odo Tayebwa remarked: “I suggest that you get a list of MPs who need the vehicles and sharp shooters and submit this to the ministry of Finance and for those who don’t need, you give us the money so we renovate our health centres.”

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