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MPs Express Doubts on Campaign Financing Bill :: Uganda Radionetwork
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MPs Express Doubts on Campaign Financing Bill

Speaking at a meeting discussing the bill convened by National Democratic Institute Civil Society Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring ACFIM at the Africana Hotel, MPs argued that what is critical is educating voters on role of MPs.
27 Nov 2018 17:02
Kabula MP James Kakooza speaking during the meeting on campaign financing bill at Hotel Africana

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Members of Parliament have expressed doubts on the draft campaign financing bill meant to place a ceiling on money they are supposed to spend during campaigns.

Speaking at a meeting discussing the bill convened by National Democratic Institute Civil Society Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM) at the Africana Hotel, MPs argued that what is critical is educating voters on the roles of MPs.

Legislators argued that civil societies should look at the problem as a double-edged sword.

MPs say they have reached a stage where voters in their constituencies don't allow them to speak unless they promise them money.

Gabula South MP, Henry Morris Kibalya argued that civil society organizations should help legislators on turning around the thinking of voters. He pointed out Church leaders should be a critical player in changing voters attitude because they wield a lot of influence.

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Kibalya said there are NGOs which solicit for funds from legislators instead of educating voters to stop asking money from their representatives. 

Kumi County MP, Charles Ilukor argued that the campaign budget keeps growing every election cycle.

“Colleagues who may have been in the 9th parliament and happen to be in the 10th parliament can bear witness that each five years, commercialization keeps advancing. Come 2021, you are not going to speak to anybody before first telling them what they will get at the end of your speech,” he said. As NGOs speak to MPs, he said, they should also run to the villages to sensitize voters.

Eastern Uganda legislator for people with disabilities, Helen Grace Asamo shared her sentiment, equally arguing that the pressure to give money is from voters, not MPs.

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Toroma County MP Andrew Joseph Kulou said he is getting demands for everything from voters and contribution for graduation parties. 

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For instance, Kanungu Woman MP Elizabeth Karungi said she spends a minimum of 600,000 shilling on burial contributions each day.

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