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Speaker Among trashes corruption allegations raised in Parliament exhibition

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The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, has revealed that she will not respond to the issues raised in the ongoing parliament exhibition.

Currently, there is an ongoing parliament exhibition led by social media activists led by Dr. Spire Ssentengo and journalist Agatha Atuhaire. The leaked documents show the alleged exorbitant sums of months pocketed by the speaker, Anita Among, in the name of per diem, cooperation, social responsibility, and others.

The funds were being deposited in various accounts of the parliamentary staff. The exhibition revealed that several MPs claimed per diem for the same activity from Parliament and the National Council of Sports.

It further showed that the speaker received over Shs2.4 billion in a space of 39 days. The money that was received by Daniel Adilo and Emmanuel Okwi Emuron was reportedly meant to cater to field mobilization activities, her outreach activities, community consultation activities, and others.

It also showed that she pocketed, per diem, Shs2.6 billion for the eight trips she made out of the country between September 2023 and January 2024. She also received a per diem of Shs646 million between July 2022 and July 2023.

In a period of four days from October 11, 2023, to October 16, 2023, Shs2,673,000,000 was put into a personal bank account, which included that of Chris Obore, the Director of Communications at Parliament.

Speaking during the plenary earlier today, Among said, “I will never give you an answer to hearsay and rumour-mongering. We are not going to run this house on rumour-mongering.”

Among them, MPs agreed that they should have evidence-based debates. That is what we are saying: bring evidence, lay it on the table, and let us debate on it.

The Speaker said after Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo said they can’t debate other things and lay papers when the credibility of this house is under challenge. We cannot sit here as if nothing has happened.

“I am a member of this Parliament, and once this house is tarnished the way it is being done, I can’t sit comfortably, and we say we move on to other items. Can we have clarification about the allegations in the media?” he said.

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