The civil division of the High Court in Kampala has ordered parliament to halt the distribution of shs10 billion that was supposed to be given to MPs to help fight the deadly coronavirus. This came after Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga and Erute South legislator Jonathan Odur petitioned the court seeking to stop the Parliamentary Commission from paying Shs 10 billion to MPs to fight Covid-19.
The petitioners argue that Parliament breached the parliamentary rules of procedure in passing the Shs 10 billion that is to be dished out to the legislators adding that the money was just smuggled into the report by the budget committee chairperson Amos Lugoloobi without the consent of the committee members.
Therefore Justice Esta Nambaya ordered that parliament halts distribution of the money to legislators until a case challenging the same is disposed of.
“It is hereby ordered that until the hearing and determination of miscellaneous application no 179 of 2020 , the status quo be maintained i.e the money in the sum of shs10 billion appropriated to the Parliament under the impugned amendment to the report of the budget committee in supplementary expenditure remain undistributed until the determination of the matter,” Justice Nambayo said in her ruling.
The public mostly via social media has opposed this move, creating a hashtag Block10bn has since blasted Members of Parliament for exhibiting greed when they accepted the money.