In Uganda: Outrage after MPs get 25m euros to buy cars

In Uganda: Outrage after MPs get 25m euros to buy cars

In Uganda this week 25 million euros was doled out to MPs to buy new cars, sparking outrage in a poor country where the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc.

Each of the 529 lawmakers were handed 200 million shillings (48,000 euros, $56,500) to get new vehicles at a time when Covid-19 cases are surging.

On June 18, President Yoweri Museveni announced curbs on movement and shuttered schools, churches and bars for at least six weeks.

In Uganda: Outrage after MPs get 25m euros to buy cars - Tatahfonewsarena

“It is unacceptable for a government to buy luxuries to a small group in parliament, who continue to receive monthly pay of over 30 million shillings (about $8,000) while the larger population are unable to feed themselves,” said Anet Nana Namata, an active human rights defender and executive director of the Union of Human Rights Defenders Uganda.

In Uganda: Outrage after MPs get 25m euros to buy cars

A manual labourer earns an average monthly salary of about Shs100, 000 (24 euros) while a teacher gets just over Shs260, 000 (64 euros).

Moses Isooba, leader of the National NGO Forum said: “This act is shameful at a time the government is appealing to private citizens to contribute money to buy the Covid-19 vaccine.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *