KAMPALA – The Tuesday High Court ruling ordering the Parliamentary Commission to ensure the shs20 million each is not sent to the MPs’ accounts is tettering on the brink of collapse after it emerged that the legislators have already received the money.
The court order was obtained by Mr. Karuhanga’s Lawyers AF Mpanga Advocates of city lawyer David F Mpanga.
Ms Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament, in a communication, said the money was paid to MPs on Friday, April 17.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Parliamentary Commission that some Members of Parliament wish to return the shs20 million paid to them last Friday, April, 17, 2020,” Kibirige’s letter to all MPs reads in part.
The Clerk to Parliament however has asked legislators willing to return the money to effect a bank transfer to the Parliamentary Commission bank account rather than refunding it in cash.
High Court judge, Esta Nambayo had on Tuesday also ordered that if Members of Parliament have already received the money, they should not spend it but rather wait for the court decision on the matter.
MPs have over the last week been in the spotlight for the allocation, which was on Tuesday, April 21 temporarily blocked by the High Court. Each MP is supposed to receive Shs20m of the money.
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