The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) has revealed that the party will deduct a minimum of Shs 1million from each party MP’s Shs200 million received from the government to buy brand new vehicles.
This was revealed by the opposition Chief Whip in Parliament who is also the MP for Manjiya County, Mr. John Baptist Nambeshe during an interview with Daily Monitor saying the money will be used to facilitate a string of services which include the construction of party offices.
Nambeshe however noted that the NUP lawmakers had voluntarily resolved to commit at least Shs1m to finance party activities.
“The members themselves so wished that as a party that is leading in Parliament and is hardly a year-old in Parliament, we need to demonstrate maturity by acquiring our own property. And for that reason we resolved that this fundraising be done,” Mr. Nambeshe said.
“It has nothing to do with the superior of the party [Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine] compelling one to pay a certain amount. By the way on this same money, if it comes through, I may even give Shs100 million or more because of the love of my party. he added.
The NUP party which currently comprises the majority of opposition MPs in parliament has its offices headquartered at Mr Kyagulanyi’s premises in Kamwokya. This, according to Mr Nambeshe is unfair to Bobi Wine since the premises that house the party offices are personal structures that would be used to generate personal incomes.
“Do you know that he has sacrificed more than any other person by giving that party premises at Kamwokya which is our party offices which is fully-fledged. If it were rent in Kampala Capital city it would have been tough and expensive on the party,” Mr Nambeshe said.
“So for us to appreciate him and become independent, we have to start by contributing towards relocation offices that will liberate that property for his daily income. So the earlier we do it, the better for him,” he further explained.
Mr Nambeshe, also said that part of the money would be committed to caring for orphans of the party’s loyal members whose lives were lost in the course of recently concluded Presidential campaigns and in other political fronts that NUP has been engaged in.
“You know we have lost lives at this struggle. We have orphans and windows. We have many who were tortured and maimed who are still sick and need humanitarian attention. We have those who are still in jail whose families need to be catered for. So that is where part of the money will go,” Mr Nambeshe said.