“Why give away that money when we are struggling to find funds for roads?” Museveni breaks silence on Shs1.7b given to Mpuuga and three NRM commissioners as service awards

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President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, to investigate the legality of the Shs1.7 billion that was given to Former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, and three NRM Parliamentary Commissioners as a ‘Service Award’ following a meeting chaired by Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament.

Mpuuga is reported to have received Shs500 million while the other commissioners got Shs400 million each.

In a letter dated May 3 to the Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Museveni wondered whether Kiryowa knew about the act before it was passed.

“I have been following the public debate on the service awards apparently given to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and what you call back-bench Parliamentary Commissioners in May 2022. A total of 1,700,000,000= (One billion, seven hundred million) was shared between Hon. Mathias Mpuuga and the three NRM-nominated Commissioners,” reads the letter in part.

Former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, and the three NRM Parliamentary Commissioners.

It adds, “Were you aware of these ‘awards’? Or does the Attorney General not need to know about this? If you were aware, did you advise that it was legal? The Prime Minister and Finance Minister told me that they only learned about it in the news, even when they are members of the Parliamentary Commission.”

Museveni says such conduct is contrary to the revolutionary principles of the NRM.

“When we were fighting Obote and Amin, we used to call it primitive accumulation of wealth. Why? Officials under those regimes were trying to get for themselves as much money as possible in the quickest time possible, in the easiest way possible. We used to ask them, Where does this leave your country?” says Museveni in the letter.

He further wondered, “How can Parliamentary Commissioners, who apparently earn more than other MPs, award themselves all that money? What special services did they provide? Who approved the awards? I am told that it was never discussed by Parliament or the Committee on Legal Affairs. Find out.”

Museveni also adds, “When we are struggling to find money for roads, electricity, and other sectors that bring value to our economy? However, conduct which is only immoral and not illegal may not be punished legally but politically. Advise on the legality of these service awards. Did they violate the Leadership Code or the Anti-Corruption Act? If they did, what have the IGG and the CID done? Has everyone involved recorded statements? Is there an ongoing investigation? What about the DPP? If there is no legal but only a moral question, what has the NRM Parliamentary Caucus done?”

It should be recalled that the National Unity Platform (NUP) asked Mpuuga to step down from his position on the Parliamentary Commission, but he declined to do so, claiming he received the ‘Service Award’ money legally. NUP further fired Mpuuga from his position as Party Deputy President (Central region).

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