Storm in Parliament Over Deduction of MPs’ Salaries

A silent storm is raging in Parliament over the deductions of Shs 750,000 from the emoluments of members towards two different activities.

ChimpReports on Wednesday night saw tough messages generated on the mailing group reserved only for MPs and few selected top Parliament administrators.

The debate on the group was started by the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa in a letter addressed to the Clerk of Parliament, Jane Kibirige.

The letter titled “Un-authorized Deduction from Members’ Emoluments” stated that two separate deductions were made without their consent.

“I have observed from my emoluments pay slip from the month of July, two deductions which I have never authorized. There is a deduction towards the She Cranes of 500,000 and another deduction of 250,000 towards the cancer bunker of Nsambya Hospital,” part of the letter read.

According to Nankabirwa their consent can only be secured through individual signatures not a joint resolution made on the floor of Parliament.

“A member’s salary account cannot be accessed by a resolution but by instruction from him or her or court. A members consent and authorization to make deductions can only be valid by his or her signature,” she added.

The letter which was seen by all the 430 MPs in the mailing group sparked a hot debate with many members saying Parliament is being unfair to Members.

“The way our salaries are being committed to different activities is getting serious. We have events we already supporting in our constituencies using the same emoluments and we should not again be subjected to deductions,” an MP we have withheld the names said.

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