KAMPALA- Forum for Democratic Party(FDC) Spokesman, Mr. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has said he will not return the 20m given to them and he is not apologetic for it.
He made the remarks while being hosted on NBS television on April 20,2020.
According to Mr Ssemujju, media picked just the 10bn section to discuss.
“Parliament has the duty to appropriate, we are one of the few institutions that are allowed to determine our own allowance,” he said.
He added that, “The civil society and a section of media have turned MPs into a punching bag. I worked at Monitor and they gave me a laptop and transport. When I get that from parliament, we are called greedy.”
Mr Ssemujju further revelaed that every day, he has people knock at his gate asking for help.
“I have done things I never thought I would ever do. I have oped up a porridge serving centre, you find pregnant women lining up for it,” said Ssemujju.
He added that,”Even if you have food at your home, I will come and pick it and feed my people.”
Media reports indicate that during the consideration of the Shs284b Supplementary Budget to avert the Coronavirus pandemic, Parliament allocated Shs10b to facilitate MPs working alongside the COVID-19 National Taskforce.
According to reports, the Shs5b was deducted from the Ministry of Health budget and the remaining Shs5b came from other sectors.
However, the expenditure has attracted heavy criticism from the public describing the expenditure as nurgatory with calls to Ugandan MPs to emulate their counterparts in Ghana, Botswana who have taken pay cut to raise funds to fight Coronavirus.