MP planned to attend prayer breakfast in Uganda for taxpayer money21.09.2012, 10:11
Lauri Luik, MP for Reform Party who was planning to travel to Uganda in October to attend a prayer breakfast for taxpayer money has cancelled his trip.
The parliament chancellery had already asked the ministry of foreign affairs to organise a Ugandan visa for Luik.
Luik has applied to cover his air fare, accommodation and daily allowances from the expense account of MPs.
Luik was planning to be in Uganda from October 1 until 9, and participate in a national prayer breakfast.
Luik said yesterday that the trip has been cancelled, but did not give reasons. Also the parliament chancellery has refused to give more comments.
This is not the first time for Luik to let taxpayers pay for his trips as in January he attended a similar event in the US.
In January he wrote about the prayer breakfast in his blog that the objective of such a event is to bring together politicians and leaders from all over the world, join them, show that in spite of the political power, there is something much more powerful that guides us and in what we believe,” Luik wrote in January.
“The breakfast starts at 7.30 and takes about a hour and a half. This time is filled with speeches about God and religion, a little about politics, Bible texts and prayers, also jokes,” he wrote.
One MP that attended a similar prayer breakfast in 2009 in the US was Tõnis Kõiv, also member of the Reform Party.