Ugandans driven to despair by spending on MPs' cars as basic services suffer

Ugandans driven to despair by spending on MPs' cars as basic services suffer

The Guardian: World News

Uganda’s inequalities are laid bare as MPs are awarded extravagant allowances while the country’s failing infrastructure remains desperately underfunded

Beckie Mauso has had enough. The 28-year-old wife of a police officer in Uganda has a heart problem that requires her to visit hospital regularly. But every time she has sought treatment at the Mulago national referral hospital, she is told there are no drugs and referred instead to another public hospital.

“There is no help there either,” Mauso says. “They have never given me even the simplest tablets. They sent me to buy syrup at a private clinic and I paid 90,000 Uganda shillings [£20].”

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