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Lungu’s ally Museveni wants to increase number of Advisers to 163

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President Edgar Lungu with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni at State House

Uganda MPs have criticised plans by President Yoweri Museveni to add more personal advisers, saying the money could be better spent in buying resources in hospitals and improving remuneration of medical staff, The Observer reports.

Mr Museveni has made a request to add 18 advisers, taking their number to 163.

The paper reports that it has become a tradition for Mr Museveni to add advisers after a presidential election or after making a cabinet reshuffle.

According to the 2017/18 ministerial policy statement for the presidency, the appointment of the 18 presidential advisers will push the wage budget for the advisers up by to $7.6m ( £6bn).

The Observer quotes MP Mathias Mpuuga accusing the president of abusing the budget.

There are essentially two issues relating to this matter; one is the blatant abuse of the budget by the presidency because the presidency is one of the entities with a bloated budget yet it is one of the known unproductive entities but rather consumptive.”

On average, each of the advisers earns a gross monthly salary of $ 631 in addition to a driver who is paid $53.

BBC

 

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