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State House Denounces Fake Letter Alleging President M7’s Directive on Parliamentary1.7 Bn service Award Investigations

By Kabuye Ronald

In a recent development, Uganda’s State House has vehemently dismissed a letter circulating on social media purportedly authored and signed by President Museveni. The letter claimed to direct a thorough investigation into the distribution of service awards among Parliamentary Commissioners, including Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, wherein a sum of Shs 1.7 billion was allegedly shared.

Issuing a statement on Monday, May 13, 2024, the Presidential Press Unit (PPU) clarified that the letter in question is fake and should be disregarded by the public. The one-page document, dated May 03, had purportedly questioned the legality of the awards distributed during a reported meeting chaired by House Speaker Anita Among on May 6, 2022, at the Parliamentary Commission’s 96th session.

The forged letter, addressed to the Attorney General, Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka, expressed concerns about the alleged awards given to Parliamentary Commissioners and back-benchers. It raised moral questions and invoked principles of the NRM, emphasizing the alleged impropriety of the situation.

The statement from the Presidency emphasized that such fabrication is misleading and aims to stir public controversy. Moreover, it underscored the commitment of State House to uphold transparency and integrity in matters concerning governance and accountability.

This development comes in the wake of a social media campaign dubbed #UgandaParliamentExhibition earlier this year, led by individuals such as Makerere University lecturer Dr. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo and journalist cum lawyer Agather Atuhaire. The campaign sparked public outrage when documents purportedly detailing the service awards went viral on social media platforms.

These documents implicated Mathias Mpuuga, currently serving as a Parliamentary Commissioner and a member of the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP), alleging that he received a significant allocation of Shs 500 million, while his colleagues were reportedly awarded Shs 400 million each.

Despite the circulating allegations and the subsequent denouncement by State House, the controversy surrounding the purported service awards continues to raise questions about transparency and accountability within Uganda’s political landscape.

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