Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among and Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko are fighting to outdo each other, offering inducements to the newly elected MPs whom they hope to reciprocate by supporting their bid to become Deputy Speaker of the 11th Parliament.
Among and Nsereko are part of the growing list of MPs who are aspiring for the coveted position ahead of the May 16 – 19 swearing-in of members of the new parliament.
Others in the race are; Jacob Oboth-Oboth (West Budama South), Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), Robinah Rwakoojo (Gomba West), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), David Bahati (Ndorwa East), Yusuf Nsibambi (Mawokota South) and Fox Odoi-Oywelowo (West Budama East).
For weeks, the aspirants have been reaching out to the incoming MPs to market their bids, and to galvanize their campaigns, they created WhatsApp groups – majorly targeting the new MPs.
It is through these WhatsApp groups that Nsereko and Among have channeled their offer to help the new MPs acquire passports.
“Members, whoever doesn’t possess a passport, kindly inbox me I send [you] the papers [and you] fill [them]. Hon [Among] is going to meet the cost,” reads a message posted in Among’s WhatsApp group “Team Hon Anita Among Annet 4 D/Speaker.”
“Even if you have a passport, you just need an official passport not ordinary,” the group’s administrator further told the MPs.
In his WhatsApp group, “Nsereko 4 Deputy Speaker” the Kampala Central legislator posted an invitation calling the MPs for a meeting to discuss his candidature and the possibility of helping them to among other things, acquiring a passport.
MPs are ranked among the very important persons (VIPs) and are therefore entitled to the official (green) passport which costs Shs 400,000.
There are about 349 new MPs and if each of them is to be facilitated by the aspirants to acquire the passports, both Nsereko and Among may end up paying close to Shs 139.6 million to win over the support of the new MPs.
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