Apparently, if an audit were to be done today, only two MPs from Lango sub-region would miss the auditor general’s probe on how they have spent the shs20m given to them to fight COVID-19.
Dokolo South MP, Felix Okot Ogong and his Dokolo North colleague MP, Paul Amoru Omiat will, without doubt, miss an audit directed by President Museveni. The two MPs have given shs25m and shs24m respectively to the Dokolo district COVID-19 taskforce.
Mr Museveni who was addressing the nation for the 12th time on coronavirus situation in Uganda, said the shs10bn Parliament allocated to herself was bad planning.
“I thank Ugandans for being cooperative but we were sort of diverted by the shs10bn by parliament. That shs20 million to each MP is bad planning because we had already planned in a certain way,” Museveni said.
According to him, it was morally wrong for MPs to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in such a crisis, terming it “unacceptable to me and the NRM”.
“When I met with the Speaker, I told her they should get out of that trap and the best way to do it was by not spending this money on themselves. I agreed with the Speaker to donate that money to the district task force where they lead,” Museveni added.
“There are also legal and constitutional issues involved in the matter that I have been discussing with the Speaker,” he continued.
The President questioned MPs who bought items on their own. “Are you the purchasing officer of the country?” he asked, adding, “The Auditor General will have to come in. It’s a terrible thing to spend the money on yourself. This is not acceptable.”
He, however, acknowledged that there are some local politicians who want to compete with the current MPs. “I told the Prime Minister that the MPs can be made members of the district task force. Therefore, they should take the shs20m to the district taskforce.”
The legislators who took the shs20 million to the district task force should be forgiven, he says. “We should condemn those who spent the money on themselves and the ones who bought things by themselves should sort it out with the Auditor General.”
Mr Museveni also said because MPs earn salaries, they should use their pay to give to district taskforce.