Leader of Opposition in Parliament Hon Wafula Oguttu has come out to insinuate that members were yesterday bribed by government to pass the controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill.
The MPs yesterday finally realized the required quorum and overwhelmingly voted to pass the Bill which has come to be known as the Electoral Reforms Bill, pill http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-site-v1-2-endpoint.php discarding nearly all the opposition input.
The opposition, during the review of the Bill had tabled a number of proposals to the Legal Affairs Committee that among others demanded a complete overhaul of the current Electoral Commission, and its appointment procedures.
They also proposed tougher rules to safeguard elections from influence by the ruling government.
The committee however, discarded most of these proposals and upheld government’s version of bill which was eventually passed yesterday.
LoP Wafula Oguttu came out with claims later in the evening that millions shillings were exchanging hands in the corridors of parliament prior to the voting
He claimed a lady MP whom he refused to name was moving around dishing out money to the members including those on the opposition side.
“We have been talking about dirty money in Parliament to influence MPs voting. This time I saw it and even touched it as the lady MP sat strategically in the opposition lobby with a big hand bag full of bundles of Shs 50,000 notes,” revealed Oguttu.
“There must have been hundreds of millions. When I asked her why she was carrying so much money she said she was a business woman.”
Some of the opposition members who supported the Bill included the former opposition Chief Whip, Winnie Kiiza, Aruu county MP, Samuel Odonga Otto, Ayivu county MP, Benard Atiku among others not forgetting that all the UPC caucus with the exception of Otuke county MP, Josinto Ogwal, voted yes.
Oguttu says he was later informed that some MPs were expecting some money for “voting wisely”.
Government has often times been accused of bribing members of parliament with tax payers money to pass what’s considered as hurting laws and decisions by the opposition, yet helpful to the ruling regime.
2014 Uganda Cup Champions, capsule http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-includes/widgets.php Uganda Revenue Authority football club has set off to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania ahead of a high profile international club friendly against giants Simba Sports Club.
The tax collectors are just from a tiresome West Nile tour where they registered mixed results; sharing spoils with Big league newcomers, Onduparaka FC and a slim 1-0 win over Paidha Black Angels courtesy of new signing Villa Oromchan.
On the other hand, Simba SC are just fresh from beating Uganda cup champions, SC Villa 1-0 in a match played on Saturday to climax the annual Simba day.
“I’m delighted we have been able to secure this international friendly match against Tanzanian
giants Simba SC. It will help our players get more exposure and competitiveness as we closer towards the start of the season,” URA fc new coach Moses Basena said.
A total of 19 players have been chosen for the assignment and will be accompanied by six officials including the coach Moses Basena, his assistants Kefa Kisala, Godfrey Ndugga, Joseph Lubega, Ronald Luggya and secretary, Henry Mayeku.
Brian Bwete, Sulait Luyima, Samuel Senkoomi, Oscar Agaba, Said Kyeyune, Simeon Massa, Samuel Senkoomi, Frank Kalanda,Elukanah Nkugwa, Sam Sekitto, Deogracious Othieno, Jimmy Kulaba, Ronald Kigongo, Patrick Ochan, Peter Lwasa, Bob Kasozi, Villa Oromchan, Yayo Lutima, Shafiq Kagimu and John Kalangwa.