The speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has said tshe agrees with the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD)’s push to increase political party’s finances.
Kadaga was today meeting a delegation from the IPOD Secretariat.
“I support the principle of giving money to the parties. I do hope that the Prime Minister who is now part of your IPOD should be able to come and bring your proposals” Kadaga said.
However, she expressed reservations on the sharing of these resources saying the matter will be solved once it is brought to the house.
At the last IPOD summit in Entebbe, party heads unanimously agreed to allocate 35 billion shillings towards entities with parliamentary representation. Effective financial year 2019/2020, leaders resolved that allocations be increased by 20 billion from 10 billion shillings previously.
Kadaga also agreed with members present on the reduction of nomination fees from 3 million as it is. She says this exorbitant amount does not favor those without jobs and youth who might want to contest for political office.
Kadaga, who also doubles as the Kamuli district woman representative, also weighed in on the creation of new districts. She says it is not tenable to create entities without planning for them.
“The other matter which bothered me is a new system whereby districts are created. You know we have failed to hold by elections now for more than a year”, she adds.
Districts created in financial year 2016/2017 notably; Kikuube, Bugweri, Nabilatuk and Kapelebyong are yet to hold elections due to lack of funds.
That notwithstanding, more district including Obongi, Madi, Kitagwenda and Okollo were created in the last financial year and are set to be operational on July 1, 2019.
Meanwhile, on July 20 this year, the IPOD secretariat will hold an extra ordinary meeting to deliberate on electoral reforms.