Education Ministry Ordered To Vacate Development House

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The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has ordered Ministry of Education to vacate Development House to pave way for renovation and occupation by Members of Parliament.

The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee has ordered Ministry of Education to vacate Development House to pave way for renovation and occupation by Members of Parliament.

The ministry had promised to vacate the premises located on Parliament Avenue in Kampala by September 1st after several postponements since last year. However, they are yet to move saying there is no available space for them in the Postel Building. The building is located along Clement Hill Road and was formerly occupied by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

The delays forced the Committee to invite Ministry of Education, OPM and the Parliamentary Commission to settle the matter so that all MPs can get office space without renting.

Kakula Khirome, a Principal Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education, said the ministry had identified three floors in Postel Building but one of them is still occupied by the Uganda Veterans Assistance Board (UVAB).

He added that they have met resistance from UVAB claiming that they have a legal and binding contract with the Post Office and that the ministry has written to the Prime Minister informing him that they have not been able to access all the three floors.

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But Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, the minister in charge of general duties in the OPM, told the committee that there is free and enough space in Postel Building adding that the ministry can even move in tomorrow.

Parliamentary commissioners Emmnuel Dombo and Elijah Okupa told the committee they are waiting for the relocation of the Ministry of Education to commence renovation works on Development House.

Parliament is also planning to construct one additional floor on the Parliament Building to cater for the MPs still renting in Baumann House and those that share offices.

The Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige said the contract for the construction of the floor has already been signed and that they are processing funds for advance.

The clerk told the committee that the contract for the renovation of Development House is only awaiting the relocation of ministry of education saying it is not advisable to sign a contract when the time of commencement is not certain.

Parliament spends 2.5 billion shillings on rent for MPs at Baumann House every year.