BREAKING NEWS: Cash Dash at Parliament as MPs Swarm for Windfall

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The Ugandan Parliament transformed into a scene of swarming activity today, not for legislative debate, but for a feeding frenzy of a different kind.

News erupted that envelopes, each bulging with a cool Shs100 million (roughly $27,000), awaited Members of Parliament (MPs).

This windfall supposedly represented the remaining balance of a Shs100 million "thank you" package following the December 2023 approval of a hefty Shs.3.5 trillion supplementary budget.

The air crackled with suspicion as details of the budget emerged. A whopping Shs78.6 billion, categorized as "classified expenditure," was mysteriously funnelled to the State House.

But wait, a closer look revealed a curious detail – Shs.55.6 billion of this classified sum was then divvied up neatly among the 529 MPs. The stench of a backroom deal hung heavy in the air.

Civil society groups and opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu cried foul, calling it a blatant bribe to secure passage of the supplementary budget.

Their warnings fell on deaf ears, however, as reports surfaced of MPs from neighbouring districts hustling out of Parliament, canvas bags suspiciously bulging – allegedly carrying Shs.50 million each.

Is this a legitimate disbursement, a reward for a hard day's work approving a supplementary budget? Or is it a brazen attempt to buy parliamentary loyalty?

The answer hangs heavy in the air, shrouded in the secrecy of "classified expenditure" and the muffled clinking of fat stacks of bills.

One thing is certain: Uganda's Parliament is embroiled in a cash dash controversy that threatens to shatter public trust.

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