MP Questions Double Payment of Mileage to Ministers

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In short
According to Kwizera, ministers who also double as MPs draw twice from the consolidated fund contrary to the public finance and accountability.

Eddie Kwizera, the Bufumbira East MP says he is considering tabling a motion in parliament to compel government to sell vehicle of Ministers serving as MPs. According to Kwizera, ministers who also double as MPs draw twice from the consolidated fund contrary to the public finance and accountability.
 
Kwizera said this during the debate on the public service and local government ministerial policy statement for the 2014/2015 financial year. He explained that on top of receiving 103 million shillings from parliament to buy new vehicles, ministers who double as MPs also draw money for fuel from parliament yet they have official vehicles fueled by their ministry, which they use to travel to their constituencies.

According to Kwizera, this amounts to corruption. He has promised to team up with other legislators to table a motion in parliament when the budget process is concluded questioning the double payment of mileage to the ministers.
  
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In response Prisca Sezzi Mbaguta, the state minister of Public Service insisted that ministers are entitled to privileges extended by the parliamentary commission because they are also serving their constituencies. She argued that the duties of a Minister and those of a Member of Parliament are completely different and as such they must be facilitated differently.
 
Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of parliament observed that there is need to note that most of the Ministers also serve as MPs and need the mileage and money from parliament to buy vehicles to monitor their constituencies.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.