Ugandans to Foot Extra Cost of Bloated Parliament

As the term the 9th Parliament comes to an end Ugandans taxpayers should brace to foot the extra cost ofy a bloated parliament.
President Museveni has proposed the creation of thirty nine more constituencies to add to the country 375 seats. The number of Members of Parliament has been rising in each national election, resulting in an increased burden on the taxpayers. A Member of Parliament in Uganda earns close to $6000 dollars per month. They are also given more than $31,000 to purchase new cars at the beginning of each term of parliament.
In addition to that they sometime get a financial bailout like the 2014 scenario where the President ordered that each MP be paid about $41,000 shillings from the taxpayer’s money to sort out their private financial problems.
Currently Ugandan MPs earn six times more than a majority of state employees who earn less than $100.
Uganda’s Parliament has the highest state budgetary allocations in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent research.
Inter-Parliamentary Union indicator shows that Uganda a country with a total number of 375 Members of Parliament spends 1.8% of the national budget on legislation yet countries like Ethiopia with over 682 MPs spend only 0.120% of the national budget on legislation.
Uganda’s Parliament receives US$ 80.1million approximately 213 billion Shillings. Ethiopia with the biggest numbers of Members of Parliament, on the other hand, allocates the least to its Parliament at 21 billion shillings.
President Museveni in making the proposal was quoted by the Daily Monitor as saying “on the constituency creation I’am to work on those districts such as Namutumba which have big populations but with only one constituency”.
But the proposal has been received with mix reactions from the public with some in favour while others view it as a burden on the poor taxpayers.
Public Reaction
“Political rewards have overwhelmed the President…all people next to him are curving their villages into constituencies so that they can have favours from the gullible voters” argues Odongo Mike L’asio a social commentator from Ngora district in eastern Uganda.
According to Odongo “it’s a waste of time and resources’”. He says emphasis should be paced on better on the already created constituencies to ensure better representation in the next parliament.
Jonathan Ebwalu who intends to intend to contest in next year’s parliamentary election in Soroti County welcomed the proposal but cautioned that it should be aimed at taking services closer to the people and not to be used as a political tool to reward party supporters.
For Moses AtoconAtyekwoa political activist the motive is for President Museveni to try and accommodate his political supporters and reward them by caving into their blackmail “it does not make sense for a resource constrained country like Uganda to have a bloated parliament’.
Atocon says already parliament is overstretched and the cost benefit analysis does not correlate.
But Don Wanyama President Museveni’s political media adviser defends the proposed creation of new constituencies. “The President clearly explained the criteria most of the proposed onstituencies are in districts that had only one constituency like Dokolo and so population was considered where splits are happening”.
“Importantly we must remember that the demand for constituencies come from the population. In fact had the President not set a high bar for creating them, we probably would see more than 36 new constituencies.
Article 63 (1) of the 1995 constitution states that Uganda shall be divided into as many constituencies for the purpose of electing Members of Parliament as parliament may prescribe.
But the increasing number of MPs is causing


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