Parliament to Take Over Lands Ministry, Prisons Offices

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In short
The planned relocation follows a request by the Parliamentary Commission to take over buildings adjacent to parliament in order to ease operations of the legislature which is currently constrained due to limited space.

Government is finalizing the process of relocating the Uganda Prisons head offices and the Ministry of Lands office at Parliament Avenue in Kampala, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa has said.

The planned relocation follows a request by the Parliamentary Commission to take over buildings adjacent to parliament in order to ease operations of the legislature which is currently constrained due to limited space.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says that the two buildings will become part of Parliament and the road that crosses through them will cease being a public road.

The communication came after Manjiya County MP John Nambeshe raised a query on the safety of MPs amid busy public roads adjacent to parliament.

Nambeshe said that Members with offices on Development House find difficulty in accessing their offices due to heavy traffic and a number of reckless drivers. He suggested that as parliament waits for the construction of a flyover, a zebra crossing should be put in place to make it easy for MPs to move from their offices and access parliament building.
 
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Parliament has more than 400 members and does not have enough provision for office space. As a result MPs are squeezed into the available offices, an arrangement they say, is uncomfortable. The current chamber was also constructed to accommodate only 80 MPs.
 
Kadaga said the takeover is long overdue.

"But now government has heard from you,  not just the commission, I hope that they can be able to do what we needed to get these properties to become part of parliament, we close the road and the members can be able to move anytime", Kadaga said.

She also noted that parliament asked Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to install a Zebra crossing but instead installed a crosswalk which is not serving the purpose.
 
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Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa said that government is searching for offices elsewhere to accommodate the two departments before the buildings are handed over to parliament.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.