By Ambrose Kweronda
The Kitanga Parish priest in the Kabale catholic Diocese who is also the Kigezi interreligious council chairperson Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda has described Uganda as a “Politically widowed and orphaned country.
His remark came after the opposition remained silent about the money released by government to buy cars for MPs.
Last week on Thursday, the government started remitting shs 200m to each of the 529 legislators and ex-officio members of the 11th parliament, to enable them buy cars.
This has sparked public outrage with many accusing governments of neglecting the fight against COVID-19 to fund parliament.
Speaking to journalists in Kabale town, Fr. Batanyenda said that he is mostly disappointed with opposition MPs who have joined their counterparts in the ruling NRM party to receive the shs 200m at the expense of the people they represent.
He stressed that the act by the Opposition MPs leaves Ugandans widowed and orphaned politically.
Fr. Gaetano said that it is time for Ugandans to recite Jesus Christ’s despair cry a few hours before his crucifixion, “Father, Father, why have you forsaken us” in expression of their frustration.
Fr. Gaetano challenged President Museveni to come out and condemn the remitting of such amount of money to MPs at a time when the government is struggling to raise money for COVID-19 vaccines, medicines and oxygen plants at COVID-19 treatment centers.
However, the Director of Communications at parliament Dr. Chris Obore defended government saying that buying cars for each MP should not shock anyone since it’s done after every five years
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