Electoral Commission Headquarters For Demolition in October

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Sam Rwakojo, the Electoral Commission Secretary, told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Monday that although they are required to move by October 2016, they dont know which ministry is responsible for compensating them.

Electoral Commission is seeking Shillings 5.1 billion to relocate its headquarters from Jinja road to alternative area yet to be identified. According to EC, the move is aimed at paving way for the construction of the Eastern Route of the Standard Gauge Railway and fly over under the Kampala Integrated Transport Management System.

 
Sam Rwakojo, the Electoral Commission Secretary, told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Monday that although they are required to move by October 2016, they don't know which ministry is responsible for compensating them.
 

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EC is expected to receive an estimated 15 billion Shillings as compensation from government to move from its current location. 



Abdu Katuntu, the Bugweri County MP, blames the confusion on the failure by the different stakeholders including Kampala Capital City Authority and Works Ministry to work on a harmonised compensation plan. 

Katuntu suggests that EC instead uses the compensation funds to acquire new premises.

 
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The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee chairman, Stephen Tashobya has directed the Finance and Works Ministries to explain the matter. Electoral Commission is also seeking Shillings 82 billion to construct new offices under its capital development budget for the 2016/2017 financial year.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.