There was drama in a Uganda school when the area Member of Parliament withdrew construction material he had supplied after he lost nominations for the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Uganda is set to go to the general elections in 2016 and the Member of Parliament had hoped that having supplied the construction materials to the schools, the constituents would endorse him to run again.
Peter Eriaku is said to have donated 65 bags of cement and 70 iron sheets to support the school whose majority peasant parents were struggling to raise money for an additional building.
The MP is said to have accused the area residents of literally abusing his generosity by not supporting his bid to vie again and took back his ‘bribe’ last week.
He went on to say that he took back the materials because he needed to clear political debts in another side of his constituency.
It is thus apparent that the materials supplied were meant to act as a bribe to the people in the region.
Studies by Uganda Governance Monitoring platform shows that 59% of the voters support candidates who give them bribes which could partly explain the move by this MP but which failed him.