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LACK OF FUNDS STALLS CAR PARK PROJECT FOR UGANDAN MPS

By Umaru Kashaka

KAMPALA, March 11– The 30 billion shillings (about11.9 million US dollars) Parliament car park project is to remain idle until the next fiscal year because the Treasury does not have 16.3 billion shillings to install security equipment at the multi-storey parking complex.

Finance State Minister Fred Omach revealed this here Monday as he sought approval of Parliament’s Budget Committee for 237 billion shillings in supplementary expenditure.

“That money (16.3 billion shillings) is not available and it’s not in this supplementary request. But it will be provided in the next financial year,” Omach told the committee, which is chaired by the MP for Pian County, Remigio Achia.

However, the MPs threatened to refuse to pass the supplementary request. “You must find this money now or else we shall not approve this budget because our security is paramount,” the committee members said.

The money is for CCTV cameras and access cards for legislators to us the 500-vehicle underground parking lot. The two original parking spaces at the North and South wings of Parliament can accommodate only 173 vehicles.

The car park was formally opened by President Yoweri Museveni in November last year.

The Parliament Commission pays 50 USD a month for each of the 100 MPs’ cars that park at a private parking lot across from Parliament.

The Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, told New Vision that Parliament is negotiating with the Finance Ministry to provide at least half of the money. “We are still hopeful that we shall at least get some money to start with. And as you know with security, you cannot wait,” she said.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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