Parliament to construct 28-storey tower office block

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Parliament to construct 28-storey tower office block
Speaker Anita Among

Parliament is set to embark on the construction of a 28 storied office block for Members of Parliament and staff to save billions spend on rent.

The Speaker of parliament Anita Among disclosed that the facility will be constructed under a pre-financing agreement.

Ever since the 10th parliament, there has been concerns of allocation and distribution of offices to members of parliament with some sharing office with billions spent on renting Bauman house, development house and Kingdom Kampala.

In the 9th parliament, shs5 billion  was spent on office space at Bauman in 2013, and in the 10th parliament, Shs.9.8 billion was spent as rentals at kingdom hotel in 2021 while shs 18 billion was spent in the 11th Parliament on renting offices for the 323 legislators at Kingdom Kampala.

In a YouTube parliamentary recording, speaker  Among revealed that President Museveni has given a green light to parliament to build a one office block opposite parliament.

"President Museveni has given us land at development house, Ministry of Lands , Prisons and we are supposed to construct 29 storied building for members of parliament and staff and we have already got some land titles and we have got a contractor under pre financing agreement," she said.

The director communications at parliament Chris Obore and a section of  legislators justified the construction of a one office block maintaining that Parliamentary has been spending heavily on rent.

" The ministries are ready to relocate. They are only having challenges of funding and that aside, parliament spends a lot on renting and construction of office space will save the country budget," Obore stated

Sheema woman MP, Rosemary Nyakikongoro said," A lot of money has been wasted on rentals for members of parliament at Bauman and Kingdom and I welcome this initiative for construction of one office space for members. "

The Members of parliament recall the challenges experienced while sharing offices.

"I shared an office in 10th parliament but  it wasn't easy  because  you have a personal assistant and your counterpart also has. It was difficult when voters  come into office, they speak different languages and it was always total chaos," Michael Timuzigu ,MP for Kajara County said.

"Members of Parliament were being squeezed  with the staff . You  go into corridors  and find people  standing  because they don't have any specific place they can do their business from ," Nyakikongoro added.

However,  MP Timuzigu believes that government should consider downsizing Parliament to reduce on expenditure.

"We need to look at a small parliament with each district sending one male and one female Member of Parliament and Uganda will be well represented."

Parliament currently has  529 legislators with over 600 support staff.

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