Once-Bitten Ugandan MPs Shun Lobbyists


Members of Parliament in Uganda who are desirous of ministerial appointments have decided to take their fate in their own hands. They will be their own salesmen henceforth…

Gone are the days when they rushed to known lobbyists and doled out millions of Shillings to them for make the magic connections for them.  

The new position of the disappointed MPs is sequel to their dashed hopes during the tenure of Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who has been replaced with Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a recent reshuffle.

Reports from the new Prime Minister’s office is that the ambitious MPs have started queuing up there with between two and five MPs visiting daily.

They obviously want to meet the man just weeks into his new role in order to “catch his eye so that he seconds them for ministerial jobs.”

The MPs lament the millions lost to middlemen in failed lobbying in the past, which allegedly saw their names scrapped off tentative cabinet lists by former Prime Minister Mbabazi.

The majority of lawmakers believe that it was better for them to lobby Dr Rugunda early instead of placing their hopes on risky and unreliable hassle of bribing their way to cabinet.

Dr Rugunda was appointed the prime minister on August 18 following a lone reshuffle in which the then Premier Mbabazi was dropped by President Yoweri Museveni.

Dr Rugunda could not be reached for his comments comment on the subject proved futile as our repeated calls went unanswered.

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