Rose Mutonyi, the Bubulo West MP has accused staff at State House Entebbe of hiding letters, even official ones addressed to President Yoweri Museveni, for their selfish interests.

The legislator made the revelation this morning while interfacing with officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by State Minister Okello Oryem.

Mutonyi, who also doubles as Chairperson of Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, noted that the MPs have authored numerous letters requesting to meet the President, but that the Committee has received no response.

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She disclosed that on Monday night President Museveni called her, only for him to express shock over the fact that the Committee has been writing to him, “but he hasn’t seen any letter on his desk.”

“You write letters to State House, they never reach him (President). Last night (Monday), His Excellency called me and he asked, ‘where have you been?’ I said your Excellency, I am an MP. He said yes, but you disappeared. I told him that I have been writing letters and once upon a time we were together and now, am I out. Later on he called me and told me that nobody has ever told him about the letters,” Mutonyi said.

She added: “The letters get stuck from somewhere. I think some people think I am going to bother him. I am an MP; I don’t need anything from him.”

According to Mutonyi, the MPs had tried seeking audience with the President to discuss his continued appointment of non-career diplomats as ambassadors, an action the legislators argue needs to be stopped as it affects Uganda’s image abroad.

But Oryem noted that the matter is beyond his office, having attempted to advise the President on the issue of appointing career diplomats since 2004, to no avail.

Meanwhile, the MPs also expressed concern over outstanding arrears on contributions to international organisations, with the debt hitting Shs49b as of April 2017.

Among the organisations that Uganda is indebted to through subscriptions is the African Union, UN Organisations, Common Wealth, IGAD and ICGLR.

The ministry acknowledged the debts, revealing that they had shot to Shs60b by June 2017, but that only Shs9.1b has been provided for in the 2017/2018 national budget to partially clear the debt.


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