PARLIAMENT SPENDS UGX600 MILLION ON SPEAKER ANITA AMONG & HER HUSBAND MOSESE MAGOGO’S KENYA HOLIDAY

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Uganda’s Parliament has reportedly spent about Ugx600 million to fund the holiday of Speaker Anita Among and her husband Moses Magogo.

Uganda’s Parliament has reportedly spent about Ugx600 million to fund the holiday of Speaker Anita Among and her husband Moses Magogo, which has sparked mixed reactions in Uganda with some stakeholders and activists calling it a corruption scandal and total wastage of taxpayers’ money.
Sources indicate that parliament released Ugx499m to Among, who doubles as the Bukedea Woman MP and Ugx49m to Magogo who doubles as Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA president and Budiope East MP.
In Parliament’s records, the transactions dated January 29, 2024 are marked as ‘payment of per diem (for both Among and Magogo) to Nairobi,Kenya for official leave.’

Contacted for comment on Friday afternoon, February 23, 2024, Speaker Among told a Ugandan media platform Chimp Reports: “Travelling with my spouse is my entitlement.”
Reports indicate that the couple did not travel to Nairobi for the annual leave. Among last travelled in August last year when she met Pope Francis in Rome, Italy.

Anita Among last travelled in August last year when she met Pope Francis in Rome, Italy.

Asked to respond to claims that she didn’t travel despite picking the large sums of money in per diem, Among said: “Those are haters.”
The development comes at a time when the government is urging taxpayers to tighten their belts in the tough economic environment.
President Museveni last year ordered the government to stop foreign travel to avoid wastage of public funds.
While commissioning facilities at Uganda Petroleum Institute-Kigumba (UPIK) in March 2023, Museveni noted: “Tell the civil servants, the MPs and all politicians to stop travelling abroad. Money is wasted on external travel and here Kigumba is crying for money. This is really poor planning.”
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The budget of the Office of Speaker of Parliament is Shs 13.1 billion this financial year (2024/25).
Speaker Among also has a Shs 2.4bn donations budget while her per diem is $4,000 (over Ugx15.7 million) per day.
She is entitled to paid official leave abroad with her spouse for 60 days in a year.
Taxpayers buy Among and her spouse business class tickets and pay them the per diem rate for those days
Her fuel budget is over Shs 800m per annum.

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