Kiira Municipality MP,Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has tabled before Parliament a motion to review provision of vehicles to leaders, Public, Civil Servants and Politicians on his first day in Parliament after suspension by Speaker Kadaga.
The motion tabled this evening seeks to save funds by abolishing the purchase of vehicles to majority of public servants, but also stop misuse of vehicles and resources by public officials according to the mover.
The motion was seconded by Wilfred Niwagaba the Ndorwa East MP who called upon members to support the motion saying that Government should work towards regulating buying vehicles
According to Ssemujju, with the exception of the President, Vice President, Speaker of Parliament, Deputy Speaker, Leader of the Opposition, Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice, Government should abolish the provision of vehicles to the rest of the leaders, civil and public servants.
Ssemujju proposes that Government should sell all its current fleet of vehicles to the current users at the current value and where the user is not in o position to buy the vehicle, Government should auction the vehicle.
He also proposes a Government loan to public workers who seek to own vehicles adding that they can pay it over time and that the money for fuel and vehicle maintenance that is currently spent by public officials can be used to kick-start the loan facility.
” Government can waive taxes on the vehicles and any other transport equipment purchased under this scheme.”
Ssemujju added that Government currently spends a lot of money buying cars for leaders and workers who already earn big and can buy their cars, but also spends huge sums of money maintaining them, paying for a driver among others. He says about 430 Billion shillings is spent only on replacing vehicles every after five years.
” It is unfortunate that Uganda’s ambulance services is not equipped and therefore poor Ugandans are suffering, and yet Government fully pays for Government officers vehicles”.
The Minister for Public Service Wilson Muruli Mukasa , while contributing to the debate asked the Deputy Speaker to allow him do a research and contribute to the debate.
Deputy Speaker Oulanyah ruled deferring the debate to the next sitting of Parliament from 30th of January, but adding that the item will be on the order paper for debate.