Court orders MPs to repay coronavirus cash

Court orders MPs to repay coronavirus cash

The High Court in Uganda has ordered MPs to hand back a sum of $5,000 (about £4,000) given to each of them to fight coronavirus in their constituencies.

The politicians had backed the scheme, which included handouts adding up to a total of around $2.6m.

Their move was widely condemned, with President Yoweri Museveni saying it was “morally reprehensible”.

On Tuesday evening he called for them to donate the money to district committees set up to fight the pandemic.

The case was brought by independent MP Gerald Karuhanga. He, along with a small number of other MPs, had rejected the cash.

Opposition MP and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine had called the handout shameful.

Last week, the High Court had issued an injunction telling parliament not to distribute the cash, but the speaker said the money had already been paid into MPs’ bank accounts.

There have been 79 confirmed coronavirus cases in Uganda.

Source: BBC

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