Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah on Friday, May 1, 2020 handed over the UGX 20m to Omoro District Covid-19 Taskforce.
“In line with and respect to the directive given by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the guidance by Parliament, I handed over the Shs20m to Omoro District COVID-19 Taskforce today at Lalogi HC IV,” Mr Oulanyah said.
He joins the growing list of MPs who are returning the money either to Parliament or the district.
President Museveni in his televised national address on the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday, castigated the MPs for taking the money in question.
A visibly irritated Museveni said the fight over this money was distracting Ugandans from the real fight against the pandemic.
“The Shs20m caused confusion, it’s bad planning. But secondly, there were also legal and constitutional issues involved. It would be morally reprehensible to give themselves money for personal use when the country is in such a crisis and totally unacceptable to the NRM,” the President criticised the MPs Tuesday night.
Mr Museveni also revealed that he had met the Speaker of Parliament Ms Rebecca Kadaga over the matter and expressed his dissatisfaction about what the MPs had done.
“I agreed with the Speaker that they donate the money to the district taskforce where they come from as this will limit the damage. I heard that some of the MPs had bought things. That’s not good enough. We have a purchaser,” Mr Museveni said.