Minister for the office of the prime minister, Hon. Justin Kasule Lumumba has earlier today come out to request members of parliament to fight corruption. The politics of Uganda has since time immemorial been surrounded by “deals” and “brown envelopes” and of late this has come to be known as “presidential handshake.”
In her speech, former Natioal Resistance Movement (NRM) chief whip exclaimed the insane levels of corruption being exhibited in the parliament. “I want to take this opportunity to humbly request members of parliament to jointly fight against corruption. It has reached a point that some MPs want to first be given some money for them to sign on some important documents. This is not right!” said Hon. Lumumba.
The minister’s requests come at an opportune time when the National Budget has just been read, and the “kiboozi” moving around indicates that each of the 500+ MPs received a whooping 40m Ugandan shillings, as a bribe to make them pass some crazy laws, the Coffee Regulatory Act being among them.
At the rate which commodity prices are increasing, where fuel in some areas goes for 10,000Ugshs a litre and the “honorable members of parliament” are busy exchanging brown envelopes in the corridors of the August House, who really is going to fight for the “muntu wa wansi?”