Parliament living large at the expense of taxpayers: A critical look at Constitutional Court ruling in the Mwesige case

This publication was authored by: Center for Policy Analysis

Abstract / Summary

In the recent years, Ugandan Members of Parliament have on several occasions approved and passed resolutions for increment of their own emoluments. This has largely been criticized both by the public and fellow MPs. The move has always triggered sharp criticism from human rights activists, Civil Society Organisations and the general public at large. During the last increment session, Hon. John Ken Lukyamuzi, an opposition MP argued that [MPs] already earn about 15 million shillings (about $6000) per month. How can someone propose an increment? He further noted that the increments were draining the economy and depriving the people of the services they need. He argued that that was outrageous and unwarranted.