RX Radio presenter Olive Najjuma expressed skepticism towards Speaker Anita Among's statements when she said Members of Parliament earn “very little money”.
While presiding over Wednesday’s parliamentary session, Among, who was responding to the salary disparities between science and art teachers, said the government can’t promise to give out what it doesn’t have.
She continued, “you will find the public out there complaining that, why are MPs paid very high, are we, scientists? And yet we get very little money.”
This made the topic of discussion on today’s The Fatboy Show given that the salary for MPs was increased to 192 billion in the 2022/2023 Financial Year, meaning that an MP receives about 40 million (over 10,000 dollars) per month.
“Do you know that our MPs are paid more than the MPs in Sweden? Olive asked James Onen, during the Fatboy Show. Adding, “and yet we are here struggling to be recognized as a middle-income status as the World Bank rebuts our claims.”
According to the Law Library of Congress, Swedish MPs earn about (7,700 dollars) per month.
Olive quoted the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), which yesterday insisted that Uganda is a middle-Income status disregarding the World Bank Statistics as based on the Financial Year 2020/2021 while the UBOS statistics on the Financial Year 2021/2022.
Onen, aka Fatboy, also argued that the UBOS statistics reflect differently on paper and from what is projected in reality.
“And on the ground, I don’t think we are at a middle-income status. Why are we claiming things that we haven’t earned?” he asked Olive.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.