Mukono Municipality MP Hon Betty Nambooze has admitted that she and her opposition colleagues in parliament blundered by accepting to support a controversial allocation of Shs 20Billion from the national Covid19 supplementary.
The action of the opposition, Nambooze said, fell below the standards expected of them.
MPs including many from the opposition side have since been licking their wounds following a High Court order for each one of them to return the Shs 20million that they received from parliament.
A handful of MPs including Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, who rejected this money on the onset and sent it back, have since accused their colleagues of “falling in a government trap,” by accepting this money.
In a statement today, however, Hon Nambooze said she and her opposition colleagues acted out of emotion in trying to help their struggling constituents.
“As opposition MPs we were moved to support the release of money to MPs whom we know are nearer to people than the executive,” she said.
“We therefore regret that the humanitarian issues arising from Covid-19 may have moved us to act emotionally, in a manner slightly below the standards expected of us as the alternative government.”
Nambooze on the other hand, thanked High Court’s Justice Esther Nambayo for acting in an ‘impressive’ and ‘prompt’ manner in disposing off the controversial matter.