FDC Awaits Constitutional Court Ruling On 20 Million Shs "Bribe"

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The Forum for Democratic Change has resolved to wait for the constitutional court ruling on the petition filed against Members of Parliament who were paid 20 million shillings.

 
The Forum for Democratic Change has resolved to wait for the constitutional court ruling on the petition filed against Members of Parliament who were paid 20 million shillings.
 
In January this year, the Parliamentary Commission paid out a total sum of shillings 6.5 billion of which, a gross sum of 20 million shillings was passed on to each of the 314 MPs to purportedly monitor unspecified government programmes.
 
While other opposition parties did not have a position on the issue, FDC leadership asked all its members who got the money to return it to the government coffers. But several o of the party MPs have since refused to return the money. Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, a member of FDC accused his party colleagues of hypocrisy and vowed never to refund the money.
 
But the party deputy publicity secretary, Toterebuka Bamwenda told Uganda Radio Network that the party is waiting for the constitutional court to pronounce itself on the matter.
 
However, should the constitutional court ruling be different from the party position, he says they shall abide by it.
 
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The petition is filed by Messrs Kaahwa, Tumusiime, Gimara and Opio Company advocates on behalf of the Advocates Coalition for Development, Kitgum woman MP, Beatrice Anywar and 3 others.

Bamwenda adds that FDC is also still consulting its parliamentary team on how to proceed. Bamwenda adds that once the parliamentary team has internalized the matter, the party will take a decision depending on its report.
 
Bamwenda says any punitive measures to be taken against the MPs, who defy the party stand, will be taken after all sides have been heard and a mutual understanding agreed upon.
  
The petitioners argue that the act of authorization, withdrawal and payment to each individual legislator, was a contravention of the constitution.
 
They also state among others that the act of paying individual MPs to monitor government programmes, is inconsistent with the constitution and rules of procedure of Parliament; in as far as the duties of members of Parliament and the committee of the house are concerned.
 
At the hearing of the case on the 6th of July, the attorney general asked court to dismiss the case with costs.
 
 The constitutional court panel of five judges led by the Deputy chief justice, Alice Mpagi Baheigeine, is yet to rule on the matter.