Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has refuted media reports indicating that parliament wants an additional Shs 90 billion to cater for MPs’ salary increment.
According to Daily Monitor, a leaked supplementary request indicates that parliament wants the additional money to cater for the salary increment of 452 MPs – a raise of more than 100 per cent from the current salary of Shs 11 million per month to Shs 24 million.
Kadaga who also doubles as the chairperson of the parliamentary commission said that there have been no attempts to increase or adjust salaries for MPs. He advised the MPs and members of the public to ignore the reports.
“Honourable members I’m the chair of the parliamentary commission, the budget process started in March [and] everything we have done is clear and known. There has been no attempt to increase or adjust the salary of members of parliament. Thats a lie, just ignore it and I want to invite the public to just ignore that story. Its not true. Just ignore it,” she said.
Kadaga was responding to Dokolo North MP Paul Amoru who sought clarification about a story published in the Daily Monitor and aired on NTV indicating that MPs had moved to double their pay to Shs 24 million.
The projected budget of the parliamentary commission for financial year 2018/2019 is Shs 459 billion. Shs 86.9 billion will be for salaries of MPs and parliament staff.