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Lango Demands Cutting Parliament By 300 Members

Lango Demands Cutting Parliament By 300 Members

Voters from Lango Sub-region have demanded that in order to cut on public expenditure, Members of Parliament must be cut by over 300. According to them, a parliament of 557MPs has become a colossal economic burden to the people of Uganda.

They suggested only two MPs from each district, one male and the other female in their search for political reforms. They further added that women are well-empowered currently and can compete with men at all levels.

Additionally, the voters demand open competition for political positions, including youth, elderly, workers and PWDs.

To top of that, the voters suggested the Army be removed from parliament since they are workers and are represented by the Workers MPs.

Apparently, Ugandan MPs earn about shs35m monthly, a pay far higher than European legislators. This led the lawyers and leaders from Lango to agree upon the need to reduce the size of the parliament.

This happened last Friday during a meeting that happened at Margaritha Palace Hotel in Lira city. Only one MP, Ms Susan Abeja (Otuke District Woman) attended the meeting, convened by Lango Civil Society Network.

According to Lira District Secretary for Education and Health, Mr Moses Atima, taxpayers are being challenged on how to facilitate the big parliament.

“To some extent, legislators are not even delivering to the expectations and this has become so much challenging to the rural persons,” he said.

Another reason to reduce the size of the parliament happens to be enhanced accountability.

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