MPs given Sugar to pass Age Limit Bill
By Serestino Tusingwire
It has been revealed that the pushers of the age-limit bill are trying to lure some NRM and opposition MPs by giving them 50kg bags of sugar plus Shs1m to support the controversial Age-limit bill.
This was revealed in a shadow Cabinet meeting yesterday where some opposition members testified that they have already received these bribes from the so called pushers of the bill.
It is alleged that the promoters of the bill led by Hon. Kafero Ssekitoleko organize various meetings under the guise of different parliamentary fora and use them to sweet-talk MPs plus giving them money and sugar.
Anthony Akol, the Kilak North MP says that he was among the members who attended the Uganda parliamentarians’ forum on food security, population and development meeting that took place on August, 23 at Crested Crane Hotel in Jinja where at the end of the meeting, they were given a 50kg sack of sugar plus Shs.1m.
“After the meeting, Ssekitoleko with the help of the sugar factory manager in Mayuge where we had gone for a tour gave each of us a 50kg bag of Sugar and a Khaki envelope containing Shs.1 million,” Akol said.
This controversial bill was tabled in Parliament by Hon. Kafero Ssekitoleko last week and it seeks constitutional amendments to raise judges’ retirement age and remove term limits on electoral commissioners.
Our highly placed source in parliament say, opposition MPs are planning to present a bag of sugar as an exhibit during the next plenary sitting.