A leaked supplementary request indicates that Parliament wants an additional Ugx. 90b to cater for Member of parliament(MP) salaries at Ugx. 24m every month.
This means government will need an extra Ugx. 90b to cater for salary increment of 452 MPs who are set to raise their salaries to Ugx. 24m from Ugx. 11m. the development increases Parliament’s annual wage bill on only MPs’ basic salaries by 218 per cent to Ugx.129b from Ugx. 39b.
The projected budget of the Parliamentary Commission for Financial Year 2018/19 is Ugx. 459b and Ugx. 86.9b will be for salaries of MPs and Parliament staff. According to a report by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Ugx. 305.67b is for non-wage and Ugx. 67b is for development budget.
Ugandan parliamentarians are the second highest-paid in the East Africa after Kenya, a study of salaries for legislators in the region’s five countries indicated. Besides the basic salary taxed, they also take home a raft of untaxed allowances, which elevates their total pay package.
Each MP in the 10th Parliament is entitled to a consolidated pay of anywhere between Shs20 and 25million (subject to income tax), a one-off car grant of Shs103 million or more, monthly gratuity of 30 per cent for MPs and 40 per cent for ministers, medical insurance cover, wardrobe grant of about Shs50m or less depending on individual needs, a furnished office and a Shs2.6m iPad for each legislator.
Under the consolidated pay of Shs25 million or less, each legislator receives mileage facilitation of Shs4.5 million, constituency facilitation (Shs3.2 million), a monthly taxable salary of Shs2.6 million, subsistence allowance (lunch, tea etc.) of about Shs3 million or more, sitting allowances (committees), Shs50,000 per sitting; sitting Allowances (plenary), Shs50,0000 per sitting; social security benefits Shs9 million per month — (government contributes Shs6m and each MP pays Shs3m) to the Parliamentary Pension Fund.
There is also town running allowances of about Shs1 million. Whenever a member travels abroad for benchmarking or on official duty he or she receives $520 per day (Shs1.75 million) and for inland travel, each gets Shs150,000 per night/day. The lawmakers are also entitled to borrow free from their pension fund instead of suffering with the high interest rates charged by commercial banks in the open market.
there are also once pay-outs like, the Shs20 million for each MP in 8th Parliament to monitor Naads programmes and the Shs100 million recently given to MPs to “motivate” them ahead of general elections,
However, ex-officio members of government draw a gross monthly salary of Ugx. 1.5m paid by ministry of public service, Ugx. 2m per quarter and as responsibility allowance and Ugx. 100,000 every month as airtime allowance. They are also given extra allowance for travelling abroad and for fieldwork.