Education Ministry Starts Relocation To Legacy Towers

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The Ministry of Education and Sports has finally started relocating its staff from Development House on Parliament Avenue to their new home at Legacy Towers along Kyaddondo road in Nakasero.

The Ministry of Education and Sports has finally started relocating its staff from the Development House to their new home at Legacy Towers along Kyaddondo road in Nakasero.
 
The relocation comes after Parliament had asked the ministry to vacate the Development House on Parliament Avenue that the legislators will use as offices.
 
A deadline was set for October last year for the relocation, but the ministry never honoured it. They claimed at the time that there were no funds to relocate to a new premise. However it has now been confirmed that all the departments that were occupying the Development House will be relocated to Legacy Towers on Plot 5 Kyaddondo Road. The affected departments include Primary Education, Joint Admissions Board and Technical Education among others.
 
This morning, when URN visited the offices, most of the staff was busy parking their office equipment, ready for relocation.
 
Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, the Principal Communications Manager at the Ministry of Education and Sports, says the exercise of parking kicked off today and will last until Monday. He says the actual relocation will start on Monday and may take a week.
 
Muinda says they could not beat the earlier deadlines because of the financial constraints. He however says the funds for the relocation have not yet been released by the finance ministry, but the education ministry is using the money available within its resource envelop.
 
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Muinda says they cannot continue to wait when the ministry is under pressure from parliament to vacate the building. Muinda also says they had to abandon the earlier building they had planned to relocate to because the landlord had demanded for more money than the ministry had budgeted for.

Muinda though did not disclose the name of the building and the amount the landlord was demanding. He also failed to disclose how much the ministry had budgeted for, though he was quick to reveal that the new site will cost the ministry 18 US dollars per square metre.
 
Members of Parliament who had been sharing offices at the Parliamentary Building are expected to move in to occupy the Development House once the ministry completes the relocation exercise. Already several legislators were this morning seen moving to check some of the rooms. Fungaroo Kaps Hassan, the Member of Parliament for Obongi County, was among the few legislators who visited the building checking the facilities in place.