- May 22, 2021
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Parliament To Spend Shs.15bn On Rent For New MPs
Parliamentary Commission will spend shs 15 billion to hire office space for new legislators following a delay in completion of shs 270 billion new Parliamentary block which will house over 500 MPs.
Construction of the new chamber kicked off 4 years ago and works were supposed to be completed last year, however, the contractor ROKO Construction Limited is yet to deliver.
ROKO won the tender to construct the chamber at the North Wing which would house 500 MPs and also have office space for MPs and their staff.
After failing to complete the mega building last year citing COVID-19 as a major setback, the contractor said the structure would be ready this year in July.
Two months to the proposed time, the works on the site continue at a snail pace.
Against that background, Parliamentary Commission has been prompted to cough more shs 15 billion to hire space in nearest buildings for offices of lawmakers and their buildings.
Ministry of Finance had given Parliamentary Commission enough cash to finish the project before the start of the 11th Parliament.
Some of the new MPs have already expressed anger over the wastage of Taxpayers’ money.
Last year, Speaker Hon Rebecca Kadaga said she was dissatisfied with the delays in the construction of the new Parliament Building, which was initially expected to be completed in July 2020.
The building was meant to reduce the congestion in the current facility and provide more space in the Chambers and offices.
As Kadaga toured the ongoing works she found out that the contractor, ROKO had only completed three and a half of the nine levels.
She wondered why the contractor was employing a skeleton staff when work is way behind the schedule.