Chris Obore, the director of Communication at Parliament has blasted some MPs for returning the Shs 29 million disbursed to their accounts to facilitate their consultations on the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2017.
Last week, government forked out Shs 13 billion to facilitate all legislators to consult on the age limit bill.
Each of the MPs received Shs 29 million.
However, on Wednesday, some legislators opposed to the proposed amendment returned the money to the finance office at parliament.
They included among others Angelline Osegge, the Soroti Woman MP; Muwanga Kivumbi, Butambala County; William Nzoghu, Busongora North; Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, Kira Municiplaity MP; Medard Lubega Seggona, Busiro, East MP and the Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante.
Obore said yesterday that these MPs are “just posturing.”
He dismissed claims by the legislators that the facilitation money came from State House, arguing that as far as they are concerned the money is from parliament.
Angelline Osegge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee-PAC, said she wants nothing to do with the money, since many of them have already consulted their electorate.
It is not the first time MPs are returning money provided for consultation on different matters.
In 2004, a section of MPs returned Shillings 5 million that was given to each legislator to consult on lifting the presidential term limits.
It came after President Museveni directed the clerk to Parliament to facilitate MPs to ease their movement in the constituencies as they consulted on the controversial amendment that sought to extend his stay in power.
The terms were eventually lifted from the Constitution.
With a total of 386 MP’s then, government spent Shs 1.9 billion on the bill.