Less than 2 months after they exempted themselves from paying Taxes worth 42 billion on their allowances, Members of parliament are expressing outrage that a group of 42 Ugandans was rewarded with 6billion shillings for their role in defending Uganda in a tax arbitration case against Heritage Oil.
Appealing to patriotic duty, the MPs are demanding a probe into the Cash Bonanza that saw senior government officials receiving hundreds of millions of shillings as a reward for their time working on the Heritage oil case.
However, beyond calling for Patriotic duty, Members of Parliament who claim this was a loss to the taxpayer have no moral authority to call this a loss to the taxpayer 2 months after they fleeced the taxpayer 42 Billion worth of taxes.
The Parliamentary Commissioner, Peter Ogwang who also represents Usuk County in Katakwi district, together with other legislators are set to present their plans to the nation on Wednesday. Ogwang who is also from the ruling National Resistance
Ogwang who is also from the ruling National Resistance Movement, said their main aim is to “know who authorised the exorbitant bonus payments to the already well paid civil servants and a few political leaders” who were then serving in the Executive.
That statement about well paid civil servants was also used to remind MPs that they were well paid and paying taxes is every citizen’s duty, they rejected that and forced the president to sign a law exempting them from paying taxes.
Now we are looking at a problem where people with no moral authority question a cash bonanza.
Senior officers named in the saga include Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Doris Akol, Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi and many others from Energy, Finance and the tax body.