The constitution of the Republic of Uganda explicitly states the terms and conditions of service of the president. This is to provide the scope under which money shall be allocated to the president and clarify issues concerning taxation and allowances. The law provides that the president shall be paid a salary and allowances and afforded such other benefits as Parliament shall by law provide. The Parliament, following its mandate, went ahead to pass the law on Emoluments and Benefits of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Act. The law provides for the allowances and salaries of the president, vice president and Prime Minister.
However, the provision under this Act does not cover the benefits for a president who ceases to hold office. It only provides for how they can be removed as provided for under the constitution. The law goes ahead to provide that the presidents’ salaries and allowances and any other benefits shall be charged on the consolidated fund. In addition to this, the president is exempted from direct personal taxation of his allowances and other benefits except on the official salary.
The law also prohibits the president from holding any other public office other than what is conferred by the constitution. Similarly, the president is prohibited from holding any office of profit or emoluments that are likely to compromise his official capacity.
It is also a requirement under the law that the salary, allowances, and other benefits granted to the president shall not be varied to the disadvantage of the president while he or she holds office; the same applies to the president’s retirement benefits.
In conclusion, therefore, it is important that as the president is serving, the above terms and conditions are adhered to so as to enable him to carry out his duties with ease.