Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has handed over five luxury vehicles to five former speakers of the House as appreciation for their service to the country.
The recipients are Al Haji Moses Kigongo, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Rebecca Kadaga and Prof. Edward Rugumayo.
While handing over the vehicles on Monday, 18 December 2023, Among revealed that Parliament will be giving the former Speakers new cars every 5 years, and the cost of fuel, maintenance and salaries of the drivers of the vehicles will be paid by Ugandan taxpayers.
“You will be required to bring your own driver, who we will recruit as Parliamentary staff, Parliament will pay that driver of yours. The car remains a property of Government of Uganda. Parliament will maintain and fuel these cars. But Parliament will after every 5 years be giving you a new car. Or in between when the car gets a problem, you will bring it back and we give you a new car. You are property of Government of Uganda, so we are supposed to look after you,” she said.
Among also noted that the recent enactment of the Parliamentary Pensions Act expanded the beneficiaries to include all Speakers who served Uganda since 1979 and thus entitling; President Museveni, Chairman of NRC 1896-1996, Edward Rugumayo Speaker and Chairman NCC from 1979-19 80, Francis Butagira 1980-1985, Al Haji Moses Kigongo, Vice Chairman NRC 1986-1996, Edward Ssekandi 1998-2001 Deputy Speaker and Speaker of 7th and 8th Parliament, to these cars every five years.
“It is always good to appreciate people when they are still alive, you did a lot for this country and continuing to do a lot for this country. You have contributed a lot to this country. We don’t want at the time when you are no more, everybody is paying tribute and talking all the good things about you. As the 11th Parliament, we thought it wise to appreciate you when you are still alive,” she stressed.