Museveni orders Audit for MPs on Shs 20m Anti COVID-19 money

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By Leonard Kamugisha AKIDA

President Museveni has ordered for the audit of Members of Parliament who turned the Shs 20 million into personal use.

“…. We will have to involve the Attorney General to conduct an audit on MPs who diverted the money on purchasing some items. The AG shall audit on what was bought, quality and the money spent on the purchases,” Museveni said.

H.E YK Museveni addressing the nation on COVID-19 updates at the State House.

“It would totally be unfair to me and the NRM for MPs to allocate to themselves Shs 20m at this time,” retaliates disappointed Museveni.

President Museveni was addressing the nation on Covid-19 updates today Tuesday April28th,2020 at State House Nakaseero where he expressed strong resentments against the parliamentary decision to allocate to themselves Shs 10bn Anti COVID-19 money to support MPs in fighting the virus. He said the decision was a wrong move.

“The money given to MPs was a wrong move. It was wrong morally. I called the speaker here and we talked about it. I told her that since they had already gotten themselves into the trap, they should take the money to Districts Task Forces.” Museveni rejected.

He further appealed to citizens not to grow angers against MPs and end up losing truck against Corona Virus war saying the move is going to be handled.

The anticipated Shs 2m caused mayhems amongst country citizens and created factions in the Parliament as some of the legislators returned the money.

Section of MPs have so far returned the money to the Consolidated fund while others have already used the money in purchasing personal items to donate to task forces in their respective districts. Those who returned the money include among others; Mp Jacket R Atuhairwe (WMP Sheema), Mp Col Fred Mwesigye (Kazo), Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde, Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality), Francis Zaake Butebi (Mityana Municipality), Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Jonathan Odur (Erut south).

Earlier today, the Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rabecca Kadaga reportedly allowed MPs who want to return the money to do so and have the money returned to the parliamentary commission. She also said the money would then be directed to the districts task force of the MPs representation.

 

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