Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Rebecca kadaga on Thursday blasted the country’s State Minister for Works John Byabagambi over a statement that the newly commissioned Parliamentary parking space will be shared with the Office of the President.
This was during the commissioning of the five multi-level parliamentary parking worth 36.4 billion Shs built by Seyani and Brothers (U) Ltd the contracted company. The commissioned parking marks a completion of phase 1 of a project that will see the construction of the new Chambers.
John Byabagambi, the State Minister of Works, suggested that though the parking yard was meant to accomodate 504 vehicles, it was spacious enough to take in at least 514 cars. He then went on to say that originally parliament had been meant to share the space with the president’s office.
Kadaga asked MPs to ignore the statement made by the Minister about allocation of parking to MPs, she said that the Parliamentary Commission had lead on the project and is responsible for how it is going to be used.
Kadaga noted that in view of the renewed terror threats, Parliament is going to introduce serialized car stickers in addition to named car spaces. This is meant to prevent a tendency by some civil servants not connected to parliament to come in very early and use parliamentary parking.
She also noted that the construction of another floor on the existing parliamentary building is ongoing and that will help to provide more office space for MPs.