In line with the government’s proposal, Afoyo-chan, the Zombo Woman MP proposed that each legislator contributes Shillings 2million from their salary towards the procurement of Pfizer vaccine that is recommended for vaccinating children.
Following this government position, Afoyo-chan, the Zombo Woman MP proposed that Parliament deducts money from MPs salaries to rise funds towards procurement of Pfizer vaccines that is recommended for vaccination of children.
Members of Parliament have rejected a proposal
to deduct Shillings 2million from their salaries to support the procurement of
COVID-19 vaccines. On Tuesday, Esther Afoyo-chan, a member of the
parliamentary Commission proposed during plenary that each legislator contributes
Shillings 2million million to help the government procure vaccines for learners
between 2 and 18 years of age.
There are 529 MPs in the Eleventh Parliament. At
least Shillings 1billion would be raised with each legislator contributing
Shillings 2billion. During his latest televised address on COVID-19, president,
Yoweri Museveni revealed that the government is considering vaccinating learners
as one of the measures to ensure safety and re-opening of schools.
In line with the government’s proposal,
Afoyo-chan, the Zombo Woman MP proposed that each legislator contributes
Shillings 2million from their salary towards the procurement of Pfizer vaccine that is recommended for vaccinating children. Citing the Bible, she said
that even God demands a 10 percent tithe and urged other MPs to part with
Shillings 2million each from their salaries.
However, several legislators could not have any
of this. They took to the floor of parliament and opposed the proposal. Jane
Pacuto, the Pakwach Woman MP, said that such a matter should not even come on
the floor of parliament.
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Jonathan Odur, the Erute South MP said the
proposal contravenes the employment Act of Uganda, adding that the Parliamentary
Commission should ensure that MPs are protected. "What she is rising, is actually unlawful,
that MPs emoluments cannot be deducted contrary to the Employment Act," he
Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, the Kira Municipality MP, said that the
proposal was not before parliament as required by the Rules of
Procedure. The rules required a motion to be tabled for such a proposal.
He recounted that during the Tenth Parliament, the
former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked MPs to contribute towards the Nsambya
Hospital Cancer facility, something that some legislators did not take in good
Ssemujju said that parliament then resolved to
avail consent forms for individual MPs to sign allowing the deduction of their
salaries for the cause. He said that the same procedure can apply to the COVID-19
In her ruling, Deputy Speaker Anita Among said
that all MPs interested in contributing the Shillings 2million should approach
the COVID-19 National Task Force.