The 10th Parliament: The Patrons of Greed!

“Ugandan taxpayers to spend Shs 197.8m annually on social media tax and data bundles for Members of Parliament. Parliament will provide at least 5GB monthly data bundles at Shs 30,000 and Shs 6,000 monthly Over the Top (OTT) tax for the 458 legislators” (Kampala Dispatch, 16.05.2019).

Well, so there we have it. Yesterday is yet another party in the 10th Parliament of Uganda. Where the Members of Parliament indulges themselves with funds on the taxpayers dime. Instead of serving the public with working services, they are more afraid of their own pocket, in the limited time they are in office and in the capacity of MP. Therefore, they have to ensure, that all things are covered for the bottomless years in Parliament.

The MPs are already tax-exemption for their salaries, so that the pay they are getting for being in office is already non-taxed. With this in mind, they are earning about $8,715 monthly, this without the various allowances.

The MPs have a Free State funeral all covered by the state. They have free suits and tailor-made clothes. They have eating allowances, town-allowances, consolidation fee, committee sitting fees, housing sitting fees, town running allowances, free lunch, social security, and so on. The ways of eating, as an MP is boundless, a boundless empty pit.

These 458 MPs just have to eat like there is no tomorrow. They are planning to get fat. These people are now mushrooming all sort of expenses and putting it on the state. I am sure by next year, the significant others expenses are covered by the state, the side dishes and the remittance to relatives is paid in full. Because, there are endless roads for these people to get the state to fill the blanks.

This will be their legacy, that they were eating on an empty plate, a state which by all means take up loans to build and run the Republic. If not await donors to be able to pledge for basics of the state, in that one, the MPs are preoccupied with their own earnings than actually serving the public. Certainly, the financial system isn’t that great, but they are becoming a huge burden on state, by definition and by their own making, as they are piling on demands, which the state has to comply with.

That is why they are the Patrons of Greed. The ones who has no other way to sustain themselves, than eating the meat of the dying carcass, that as what these people does, while in power. No bounds, no stop and no plans to settle for less. Only to get more and more without any considerations of the implications. That is what the Parliament and the MPs are doing. Peace.

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