President Yoweri Museveni has tasked the finance ministry to find US $ 6.5 million approximately 16 billion shillings for the installament of a security system in the newly commissioned multibillion shillings parliamentary car park.
Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of parliament disclosed this on Thursday while responding to queries by MPs why the car park has not yet been opened for use despite the fact that it was commissioned by president last week.
According to Oulanyah, before Museveni commissioned the car park they received a report from the security minister and police expressing concern about the underground parking space saying no security arrangements have been made.
He explains that president Museveni also raised the same concern while commissioning the car park, adding that he couldn’t allow the security of the legislators to be compromised.
Oulanyah says the president immediately directed the finance ministry to find the money needed to install security systems in the car park.
Oulanyah explains that despite the fact that they have completed labeling the spaces for the MPs in the 36 billion shillings car park, there are some security issues to be taken care of before it is opened to the MPs.
He says once opened, each MP will receive a computerized card that they will use to access the car park. Oulanyah says Parliament wrote to Finance Ministry communicating the directive of the President two days back but that they have not yet acted.
Oulanyah says for the meantime, the MPs will use the top level as they wait for the security system to be installed. He says that the company is meant to install the security system is on standby only awaiting confirmation from parliament and signing the contract.
The new parking can provide space for over 510 cars compared to the 70 spaces in the old car park.