Opposition MPs spit fire over monthly cash contributions to political prisoners. Members of parliament from the opposition political party the National Unity platform are not on agreeing to a proposal to contribute at least two (2) million Uganda shillings of their parliamentary salary towards the families of political prisoners in different prisons in Uganda.
Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana were arrested and charged with the murder of people in the Masaka region using machetes “the Bijambiya” and others charged with political crimes committed during the period of the 2021 general elections.
However, the proposal tabled by Nakaseke South MP Lutamaguzi Ssemakula has triggered divisions among legislators.
According to Lutamaguzi instead of negotiating with the government as suggested by Kimanya-Kabonela MP Dr. Abed Bwanika, the opposition should just find ways of supporting such families instead.
Those opposed to the Lutamaguzi’s opinion include; Busujju county MP David Kalwanga Lukyamuzi. Kalwanga says that individual MPs should contribute willingly to the cause since they also have many other obligations in their respective constituencies.
The cantankerous Nakaseke South legislator Lutamaguzi Ssemakula has always donated part of his salary to different causes, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda, he wrote to the then speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga indicating that Shs. 2 million of his salary should go towards supporting government’s efforts in combatting the pandemic.