The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and her Deputy, Jacob Oulanyah on Tuesday officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Parliament building that is expected to comfortably house a larger number of MPs.
The new block contacted to Roko Construction Company has 8 floors, chambers for 500 MPs, an archive center, press gallery, a spacious members’ lounge, offices for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, a library, dinning hall, and committee rooms.
Work on the Shs 180bn project was supposed to start in 2015 but was delayed by several procurement processes petitions according to Speaker Kadaga; who yesterday asked the Executive to iron out the bottlenecks.
“It has taken us two years to break the ground. The Executive should really do something on procurement delays. The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority Act can be amended to stop some people who want to waste time,” she said.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba Ntege who attended the same function, cautioned the contractor to strictly maintain standards and avoid mistakes.
“This building is going to be for very important people in this country and I shouldn’t hear of any accident,” she said.
The project is expected to take three years.
Meanwhile Deputy Speaker Oulanyah noted that some modifications are needed to be done on the growing numbers of MPs because it might pass the 500 mark due to creation of new districts every financial year.