Over 250 MPs will this week smile all the way to the bank after Parliament today confirmed that Shs 100m has been wired to their accounts to help them acquire luxury 4×4 vehicles ostensibly to criss-cross to their constituencies.
Parliament today confirmed that the Finance Ministry has released Shs 25b to sort out the issue of cars that had become a source of contention between MPs and the Executive.
181 MPs will, however, have to be more patient and endure unconventional means of transport.
Parliament authorities will give priority to new MPs and MPs from the Ninth Parliament who are still serving will have to wait for the next release to benefit from the controversial tax-payer funded car grant.
It is not clear when the money for the second and final payment will be released.
But MPs facing petitions in court like Rubaga North MP Kato Lubwama, Busiro South MP Peter Sematimba, and Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namujju will not receive the money after the Ministry of Finance insisted they have to first clear their cases in court.
The Parliamentary Commission had wanted these MPs to also benefit from the scheme but the Finance Ministry told Parliament in no uncertain terms that taxpayer’s money would not be exposed to risk by facilitating MPs who are likely to be kicked out of Parliament.