Ruhinda Member of Parliament Hon. Kahonda Donozio has blasted the opposition lawmakers who returned the Shs. 29m age limit consultation money back to Parliament.
Speaking to the media at parliament this afternoon, Kahonda described their act as hypocritical citing that there was no need to take back the money.
“If I may ask, why did they take back the money and to whom did they give the money? It’s unfair to withdraw the money then you come in front of cameras yet they even had a capacity of making a bank transfer. They are doing all this because they need media coverage.” Kahonda said.
Speaking about how he plans to spend the 29 million, the Ruhinda lawmaker who trounced Gen. Kahinda Otafire and left him in tears, said he will organize several activities in each sub county and the money will cater as transport refund for those who shall turn up for the rallies.
“You need to know that this is a special consultation. Its not like others we have always done, we shall meet voters in different sub counties and this money shall offer some transport refund to these people, buy some food and drinks like soda for them among others.” Kahonda said.
This afternoon, 8 Opposition Members of Parliament rejected the sh29m given to them by Parliament to consult on the lifting of the presidential term limits.
The MPs, who include Ibrahim Ssemujju, Muwanga Kivumbi, William Nzoghu, Angelina Osege, Robinah Ssentongo, Ana Adeke, Betty Aol and Moses Kasibante appealed to their colleagues from both the NRM and the opposition to return the money which they believe is meant to compromise them.
Ssegona, Adeke and Ssemujju who are members of the legal and parliamentary affairs committee, which is responsible for the Parliament’s budget, said the money was not budgeted for in the 2017/2018 budget.
The development comes less than 24 hours after Parliament announced it had credited accounts of more than 400 MPs to do countrywide consultations on the impending amendment to the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.
But the MPs said they could not be party to a move that seeks to subtly use consultations to bribe MPs and their constituents to change the country’s constitution.