No space: MPs sit in corridor


Reports from parliament indicate that over 30 members still don’t have office space where to operate from.

According to Uganda Radio Network, 35 out of 296 MPs from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have not yet been allocated offices due to limited space.

Some NRM MPs have opted to sit in the Parliament canteen and member’s lounge to conduct meetings.

The legislators have been forced to operate in the corridors of parliament or sometimes at the canteen as they wait for communication from the Government Chief Whip’s office on the matter.

Kyenjojo Woman MP Spelanza Baguma told URN he had booked an office two weeks ago but was asked to hold on because a number of MPs had not been allocated space to share with two other MPs.

“I even saw and inspected the office. But the office of the Government Chief Whip told me to give them up to Friday this week when they will allocate the office,” Baguma says.

In May, all the 428 legislators in the 10th Parliament have been asked to group themselves into “threes” and submit their names to their respective party chief whips space crisis hits the August House.

All the MPs received a text message asking them to form groups in order to be allocated office space.

“Dear Colleague, you are kindly requested to group yourselves in threes and submit [your names] to Office of Government Chief Whip on Monday [May] 23 for office allocation. Thanks for bearing with us…..” the message read in part.

The out-going Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa is reported to have said that when allocating office space, special considerations will be made for the MPs with disabilities and parliamentary commissioners.

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of speaker Rebecca Kadaga and deputy Jacob Oulanyah, President Yoweri Museveni said government would construct a larger parliament.

This was after Kadaga pointed out that the chamber was too small for the legislators.

“I know. I’m responsible for a big parliament. When I visit the villages, people ask me for constituencies. We will address that,” Museveni said.

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