By Mulengera Reporters
On Saturday we reported about civil servants and other people resigning their very secure positions to dive into the murky waters of NRM primaries where the ultimate outcome can never be known with certainty (see related reporting here https://mulengeranews.com/irony-as-3-ex-mps-resign-from-well-paying-govt-jobs-to-seek-mp-seats/).
Now having obtained more updates, we are back to update that story of civil servants resigning to go and access easy money in the Parliament of Uganda where one doesn’t have to be hard working to hit any targets to earn his or her pay cheque at the end of the month. The latest resignations have happened at Justice Benjamin Kabito’s Judicial Service Commission and Reverend Professor Doctor Samuel Luboga Abimelech’s Education Service Commission where Christine Amongin Aporu and Johnson Malinga have respectively resigned to participate as candidates in 2021 elections.
Whereas Malinga is seeking to get back his position Kapelebyong County MP, which he previously lost to UPC’s Julius Ocen, Aporu is having her eyes on Kumi Municipality MP Seat currently held by little known Silas Agon who is an NRM-leaning independent. Aporu was previously Minister for Teso Affairs and also represented the entire Kumi district as woman MP in the previous parliaments. She was floored by Monica Amoding who remains formidable up to this day.
As for Malinga, the little we can say about him is that he famously replaced John Odit to be chair COSASE during the 8th Parliament when it famously investigated the Temangalo scandal and JPAM Amama Mbabazi’s role thereof. The Temangalo assignment, then given to him by FDC which saw him as opposition-leaning despite being an independent MP, saw Malinga go places including being regularly contacted by President Museveni who badly wanted to save his man Mbabazi.
In the end, 5th columnist allegations began being directed at Malinga who was eventually recruited by Jessica Alupo who subsequently was prompted by Gen Museveni to use her position as Education Minister (2011-2016) and get him a slot at Education Service Commission where he has been earning net salary of Shs14m, security body guards, hefty housing and medical allowances. There are many more such cases of people resigning from seemingly good jobs to go and try their luck at politics whose benefits are naturally very attractive as many such leaders have over the years been addicted to the publicity and recognition that comes with being an MP.
(Do you know of others equally resigning civil servant jobs for political positions, share that information with us via 0705779994, 0779411734 & 0200900416).