Bobi Wine rejects $8,000 ‘bribe’ for Ugandan MPs
Written by BBC on October 27, 2017
Ugandan Afrobeats star turned politician Bobi Wine is the latest opposition figure to return $8,000 (£6,100) – a sum given to all 429 MPs to help them to consult their constituents on the controversial age-limit bill.
The bill is a push by the governing NRM party to scrap the upper presidential age limit, which currently stands at 75.
It is seen as part of a plan to allow President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to run for a sixth term of office in 2021.
Wine said in a Facebook post that he had instructed his bank to “return this money to its sender.”
He shared the letter on Twitter:
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) October 27, 2017
He said that the money was being spent “on a matter that does not need any consultation whatsoever.”
He added that it was “unfortunate” that the money was being given to lawmakers when “state prosecutors, judicial officers, doctors, teachers and other public officers are on strike or threatening to strike over poor working conditions”.
We reported on Wednesday that eight opposition MPs had returned the money.