MPs question source of Museveni’s cash bags
President Yoweri Museveni’s “Ghetto youth project” has raised eyebrows as MPs begin to question the source of the money that the president has been giving out to informal youth groups in Kampala.
Last week, Museveni went around Kampala dishing out money to youth groups in an apparent campaign to sway youths from Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s People Power movement.
His actions have however caused unease among MPs that the matter was brought up on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday.
The matter was brought up by Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante who demanded to know the criteria the president is using to select the beneficiaries and the source of the money.
Kasibante drew mixed reactions from across the political divide in the House with some MPs like Busia Municipality’s Geoffrey Macho rising on a point of order against Kasibante for faking anger towards Museveni’s “generous gesture instead of thanking him for elevating youths around Kampala from poverty.”
“As my colleague is complaining about flying cheques, I don’t know if the MP who is talking is in order to talk about the money when our constituencies that voted NRM 90% haven’t got anything,” Macho said.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga cheekily responded, “Actually, I was going to congratulate you, you are lucky, I haven’t seen cheques on the other side of the Nile,” Kadaga said sending MPs into laughter.
Kasibante said that Museveni’s money had brought a lot of stampede within their constituencies and asked government to explain details of the youth cash bonanza especially on whether the beneficiaries were adequately selected and which agency of government is in charge.
It was at this point that Kadaga asked the executive to explain.
In response, David Bahati, State Minister for Planning, said the money is part of what Parliament appropriates for Museveni’s donations budget.
To calm tempers of NRM MPs who were wondering why Museveni was rewarding voters in areas that voted against NRM, Bahati said that there are plans to roll out the cash bonanza to other parts of the country.
“It is very unfortunate that people who representing these young people who are being helped can come here to scandalise this matter,” Bahati said.