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MPs, Gov't Lock Horns Over Shs36bn Parking Space

approved geneva;”>The five level underground complex, which is expected to accommodate over 500 vehicles, is fitted with fire fighting and security systems.

Officials said the structure is the solution to Parliament’s parking woes

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who received the complex from Seyani and Brothers Construction Company on behalf of the Parliamentary Commission, on October 31, applauded government for providing the funds for the project.


“It has been a very difficult time for the MPs and staff of Parliament. Over the last two and a half years, MPs have had to arrive at Parliament earlier than usual to compete for the limited parking space, while staff have had to park on the streets. With this new facility, this has been resolved,” she said.

Kadaga said Parliament had set an example for other government and private agencies to emulate, so as to both ease parking and decongest the City.

She further announced that each of the legislators will have a designated parking space reserved using the name of one’s constituency.

Works State Minister Hon. John Byabagambi expressed delight at the complex and advised Ugandan contractors to build their capacity so as to be in position to handle such complex projects.

He confirmed that government had initiated plans to streamline the construction industry so as to improve quality of buildings in the country.

The Lead Consultant, Henry Ssentoogo of Sentoogo and Partners, commended the Parliamentary Commission for successfully executing the project, which is Phase One of the Expansion of the Parliament Chamber.

He also commended the Ministry of Works, Seyani and Brothers Uganda Limited and the Sergeant-At-Arms who was the Contract Manager, for their professionalism during the construction process.

He said the facility is now ready for use.

The ceremony was attended by the Third Deputy Prime Minister, Right Hon. Moses Ali, Ministers, Parliamentary Commissioners, members of Parliament, officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport, representatives of the Contractors and Consultants, Management and staff of Parliament among others.

Kagada hailed government for availing funds “to make this happen. And we apologise to KCCA leadership of Jeniffer Musisi and Erias Lukwago over the dramatic scenes between members and KCCA authority over parking.”

The excited MPs, however, rejected the statement by Works State Minister, Dr. Stephen Chebrot, that lawmakers share the parking lot with the President and the Office of the President staff.

Keberamaido Woman MP and Florence Ekwau Ibi and Amuria’s Susan Ameru vehemently rejected the idea of sharing parking space.

Kadaga later clarified that the new parking area would be ring-fenced for only legislators.

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