MP Olanya spends age limit cash on service delivery

MP Gilbert Olanya instructs a borehole mechanic at his Constituency office in Lacor Akurukwe, Amuru district. Photo by David Okema.

AMURU–Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya has diverted Shs25 millions of the Shs29 million given to legislators to consult voters on the age limit bill to repair bridges and boreholes in villages of Kilak South in Amuru district.

Speaking to journalists on Friday at his constituent office in Lacor Akurukwe village, Lamogi sub-county in Amuru district, the outspoken legislator said out of Shs25m, Shs9 million will go to repairing 30 boreholes, Shs10 million for fueling his two Ambulances for a period of six months while the remaining Shs6 million will help procure culverts to construct bridges linking villages in Kilak South constituency.

The legislator noted that Opposition MPs who want the money returned to the treasury do not have pressing needs in their constituencies.

“Parliament is not asking any MP to submit accountability of the Shs29 million. The money has already been accounted for and MPs can use it for any purpose deemed necessary,” Olanya said.

He regretted the action of the six Opposition legislators, adding that they were donating free money to individuals.

Olanya said he will use the remaining Shs4 million to fuel his car to visit his constituency, urging that there is no need to consult people about amending Article 102 (b) of the Constitution because the amendment is being opposed across the country.

Olanya said he will ensure the money is completely used as prioritized before he returns to Kampala on November 8.

The legislator said he has on numerous occasions received calls from his voters informing him about collapse of bridges, poor roads, water crisis and poor maternity services, adding that the Shs29 million is timely and will help solve some of the problems.

Commissioner of Parliament earlier this week dispatched Shs29 million to each MP’s account totaling to Shs13 billion for 448 MPs as facilitation to help legislators consult the electorate on the age limit bill.



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