New MPs take center stage

Pictured from left, Benjamin Cadet, Cerinah Nebanda Arioru and Joy Atim Ongom gave the Kampala Dispatch a brief interview soon after taking office.

Interviewed by Savio Kyambadde

HONOURABLE CADET BENJAMIN INDEPENDENT MP BUNYARUGURU CONSTITUENCY

KD: Why did you want to become a Member of Parliament?

Cadet:I joined politics as a means of serving people and also to begin a new political career. I have seen majority of the former MPs aging, so I decided to come in with new blood to drive the country forward.

KD: What do you hope to achieve at the end of the ninth Parliament?

Cadet:I intend to network with my fellow legislators and see how to improve peoples’ lives through good policies. Through this, I want to bring a difference in the management of my constituency using the role model of humanitarian agencies where I have been working so that I can plan ahead of time and build capacity for my people on the ground.

KD: If you were in the eighth Parliament would you accept the shs. 60 million fund given to the MP as start up fund?

Cadet: Yes, I would because money has never been bad.

KD: What is your take on people’s opinion that the easiest way to make money is join politics especially in Parliament?

Cadet:It depends on who you are. I personally take it as a double edged sword because there are businessmen that have come into politics. For these, they come and use it as source of enrichment to better their business.

KD: What do you think of Honourable Rebecca Kadaga’s election to Speakership to the 9th Parliament?

Cadet:According to people that have worked with her, she is good for the job. Personally I have never worked with her but I hear that she is good and from the sittings she has chaired she has been good.

KD: What do you think of President Museveni’s proposal to amend the constitution to deny bail to suspects of certain crimes including protestors until they spend 180 days incarcerated?

Cadet:I understand the president gave his reasons but I would not believe in amending the Constitution to deny somebody bail for that long. That should be left to the Judiciary. If we are sure that our judges are not corrupt, then we should leave them to decide on who deserves bail or not, but ideally the role of government all over the world is to control organs like the Police and other security agencies.

HONOURABLE NEBANDA CERINAH ARIORU WOMAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BUTALEJA DISTRICT (NRM)

KD: Why did you want to become a Member of Parliament?

Nebanda:I wanted to become a Member of Parliament to bridge the gap between the youth and Members of Parliament. The last Parliament had a lot of old people who could not catch up with the youths. I also wanted to fight corruption.

KD: What do you hope to achieve at the end of the ninth Parliament?

Nebanda:I want to see that good policies are put in place, we have fought corruption, and there is development in Uganda especially the rural areas.

KD: If you were in the eighth Parliament would you accept the shs. 60 million fund given to the MP as start up fund?

Nebanda:I would take it because there are so many problems in the different constituencies.

KD: What is your take on people’s opinion that the easiest way to make money is join politics especially in Parliament?

Nebanda:I disagree with that. The easiest way of making money is not through politics because once you engage in politics you have to sacrifice alot.

KD: What do you think of Honourable Rebecca Kadaga’s election to Speakership to the ninth Parliament?

Nebanda:I was so happy when Hon. Kadaga was elected, when I started my campaigns despite my age of 20 years then, I went to her office for advice and she was open and attentive.

KD: How do you feel being the youngest Member of the ninth Parliament? Is it not too challenging?

Nebanda:Being the youngest does not scare me from pushing my cause. One might be young but intellectually mature and that is what I look up to most. I see nothing wrong with my age and don’t care about people calling me a “baby”. I will serve without fear of my age.

KD: What do you think of President Museveni’s proposal to amend the constitution to deny bail to suspects of certain crimes including protestors until they spend 180 days incarcerated?

Nebanda:I do not think it is a good idea because if introduced into the Constitution, innocent people are going to suffer. I know it is going to affect us the politicians more. Some of the crimes mentioned are being catered for in the current judicial system. The courts of law have been handling the bail issue so I think we should leave it to their discretion.

HONOURABLE ATIM JOY ONGOM, WOMAN INDEPENDENT MP LIRA DISTRICT

KD: Why did you want to become a Member of Parliament?

Atim: Every human being is a political animal and I have had the love for politics for long. At school I was a debtor and that inspired me greatly. After education I became a house wife and still felt the call to continue. I started doing business after attaining my diploma in business studies but all the same the call to politics continued haunting me until I went for councilor at LC V. To come to Parliament, I want to serve my district which lacks a lot.

KD: What do you hope to achieve at the end of the ninth Parliament?

Atim:I have not come here to sit and admire Parliament but I have come here to talk on behalf of my people. I have to listen to their views, bring them to Parliament and return to them what government intends to do for them.

KD: If you were in the eighth Parliament would you accept the shs. 60 million fund given to the MP as start up fund?

Atim:Definitely I would take it.

KD: What is your take on people’s opinion that the easiest way to make money is join politics especially in Parliament?

Atim:Well they are entitled to that opinion but joining Parliament is not an easy thing. It requires a lot like personal relationship with the people. To be elected is not easy. It is not the quickest way of getting money.

KD: What do you think of Honourable Rebecca Kadaga’s election to Speakership to the ninth Parliament?

Atim:I am an Independent MP and a lady. I appreciate her being a Member of Parliament first of all as a lady. It is the first time Uganda is having a female Speaker. I congratulate her for that.

KD: What do you think of President Museveni’s proposal to amend the constitution to deny bail to suspects of certain crimes including protestors until they spend 180 days incarcerated?

Atim:Amending the constitution is not the President’s work but the Parliament’s duty. If the latter accepts that it will be 180 days then it will be so but Parliament has to first scrutinise the legalities involved. If it is amended, it will infringe on the right to bail of innocent people that will be arrested due to malice. Bail is a right and it should not be violated. We should leave this to the Judiciary to decide who is bailable and who is not.