I decline to join the bandwagon demanding the resignation of Speaker Anita Among


Political Analyst/National Coordinator- Citizens for A Better Uganda (C4BU).


Well, the whole of this week, what started on  Social media platform X (formery Twitter) as *#ParlaimentExhibition* by different activists like my friends, Agather, Toko and Spire has taken over even the  mainstream media and now it is the talk of the nation. 

Where as it is a constitutional right for Citizens to demand and seek for accountability of their leaders, this should objectively be done devoid of emotions but rather reasoning.

Me, like any other concerned Citizen of this Country Uganda, we must all demand for accountability from our leaders or even institutions in a fair and just manner that does not only aim at image and Character assassination.

If one follows the hashtag #ParliamentExhibition, you clearly see how typical Ugandans have focused on majoring in minors and minoring on the major pivotal or fundamental questions. 

The entire focus of the #ParlaimentExhibition has turned into a character assassination for the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among, her husband Hon Magogo, Clerk to Parliament and staff of Speaker's office, probably because by names, they seem to be hailing from Bukedea District or Teso sub region.

Nobody is even calling for the review of Parliamentary budget but simply calling for the head of the speaker. 

To me, this is really unfair and it is done not in a good spirit of real accountability. 

It is important to note that the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Anita Among to be specific, does not sit and solely decide on how much should go to her office. 

The budget of Parliament is equally secutinized by the Executive and comments are appended before being approved as part of the National Budget with in the frame work of Government.

Like any other arm of Government, they go through budgeting processes and the budget of Parliament is legally part of the National Budget for every Financial Year.

The funds allocated to the Speakers Office, are budgeted for and Government it is Government that funds this entire budget of Parliament, therefore the focus of rightful thinking Citizens should be on putting pressure on Members of Parliament and Government to review/reduce how much monies are allocated to Speaker's office to spend on donations and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

This would make more sense than calling on Speaker Anita Among to resign and which she won't do any way, because all the expenditures from her office are legally backed.

Therefore, the  focus of #ParliamentExhibition has been hinged onto postmortem than the real disease.

Making noise that *#SpeakerAmongMustResign* wont solve the challenge at hand. 

In the next edition, am giving you facts why staff of Parliament receive money on their individual accounts and wether this has a legal back up or not.

AKAMPA Tanbull


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