Uproar as Parliament gives nod to Mutebile widow to retain BoU Governor’s residence in Kololo

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, has asked government to consider the request and give out the home (BoU Governor’s residence in Kololo) in Mutebile’s honour (PHOTO /Courtesy).

The public has reacted with dismay to the plan by the government to allow the family of the deceased Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile to retain their residence in Kololo, a Kampala suburb.

Mutebile has been staying in the Governor’s official residence in Kololo. The house in question is a government property meant for anyone holding the office of governor BoU.

According to Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, the widow said that her late husband didn’t build a home within Kampala and so they have nowhere to stay.

The deputy speaker of parliament has asked government to consider the request and give out the home in Mutebile’s honour.

This was during Parliament’s special sitting on Thursday organised in honour of Mutebile.

Solomon Silwany moved a motion for the family of late Mutebile to retain their home in Kololo.

Barnabas Tinkasiimire (NRM, Buyaga West County) supported the amendment to the motion, saying that such a distinguished servant should have his dependents supported by the state.

Parliament adopted the motion with the amendment, urging government to provide for the welfare of the late Mutebile’s family and report back within the coming weeks on its position.

The Prime Minister promised to consult on the matter and revert to Parliament on the way forward.

But according to many Ugandans, this is setting a wrong precedent.

Arnold Kigozi tweeted: “Let’s come to reality. I believe such provisions “residences” are provided to officials to show their superiority over others so if they begin giving them to previous officials that have held those posts where shall we end because even the next officials will wish for the same.”

Herbert Basisa said: “Poor Tax payers who earn hard earned money including boda boada riders, primary school teachers, nurses and other civil servants are chocking on housing and school fees loans. Then you want to sympathize with a family that has been earning at least Shs80m monthly.”

Simon Kagwa Njala, a journalist, posted: “No way, we shouldn’t dole out national assets fwaaa. It’s a catastrophic precedent. If with my meagre salary I was able to build a simple home, how about Mutebile, whose expenditure always stunned the world? Let us not be stupid.”

Daniel Tumwiine posted: “Where do u get the gall to institute such illegalities!? Privatise a public house on the whim, out of emotion coz he promoted u in your youth? That house is public property and it is illegal to privatise it. As Deputy Speaker, your remit does not extend to privatising public asset.”

Patrick Kanyomozi, a journalist, added: “The family is going through a tough time right now but emotions shouldn’t get in the way of doing what is right,that residence is for the new BoU Governor.That’s how the country might lose State House and State Lodges.”

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