MPs demand cabinet apology over Museveni ‘insults’

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Hon Ibrahim SSemujju Nganda(Front Left) says that the attack on the House by the President on the money allocated to Parliament

A section of MPs have asked Cabinet to apologise to Parliament over claims that President Museveni used one of his Covid19 addresses to undermine the House.

Chief Opposition Whip, Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju led the onslaught.

“The head of state was inciting the public against MPs…why are we being treated like we have no stake in this country? This level of belittling institutions of state and MPs must stop,” said Ssemujju.

“If we allow the Head of State to start ordering me around like a shamba boy, tomorrow he will order me to donate my salary to a priest in my constituency. I will move formally that the Executive apologies to the House for what happened last week.”

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MP Samuel Odonga Otto (FDC, Aruu North) said Parliament should substantively discuss the matter, which he said if left unresolved could permanently dent Parliament’s image.

Odonga Otto claimed that security officers deployed to implement the lockdown measures announced by government are going without allowances despite appropriation for the same by Parliament.

He criticized President Museveni’s address that he said cast the House in bad light.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who chaired proceedings, said a debate on the issue couldn’t be entertained at the time owing to earlier scheduled business, but said Parliament will have an opportunity to sufficiently debate the issues.

In an address last week, President Museveni criticized MPs for a payout of Shs20 million meant to facilitate Covid19 activities in their constituencies.

He advised Members to return the money to their respective district taskforces.

The fund has since become a matter of sustained public contention.

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