It is blasphemous for members of parliament to confirm increment of their allowances at such a time as this. It is hypocrisy of the highest level since our legislators have always professed to be pro people and also remain the highest-paid public officials.
Though it is true that every worker is worth a befitting wage, these intended remunerations are obscene and portray a breed of leaders that are no longer people centered but themselves alone. The teachers, doctors, military are still clamoring for a descent pay while our dear MPs are enriching themselves. It is unfortunate that these increments are dished out at such a time when the country is still battling with insufficient funds to cater for nodding and Ebola diseases, no wonder Ebola patients in Kibaale had to strike because government had failed to provide descent meals.
Ms. Kaweesa’s justification of the increment is callous. Members of Parliament are already paid well, so for one to say that the increments are to enable them do their work effectively defeats logic. Members of Parliament have now become like monsters that never get satisfied however much they are fed. First it was the 103M for luxurious vehicles of which it is doubted whether any of them bought cars that worth, and now the seating and perdiem allowances.
It is disheartening that the opposition which should be the government in waiting has also failed to lead by example and instead participated in robbing the country. The opposition and their NRM counterparts will always have a meeting of minds when it comes to money issues. This demonstrates that they too are no better than their counterparts they always criticize.
Could this be a way of increasing their pay in order to meet the various loans taken out from different institutions?? Since most of them take out loans the moment they become MPs, while others have to pay back loans obtained during the campaign period.
At this point MPs remuneration should be tagged to performance hence the urgent need of the balance score card if we are to ever have any value for money. It is on record that most of them dodge parliamentary business and motivating them to do what brought them to parliament is pathetic.
Cissy Kagaba is the Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda