NRM, Opposition MPs to Share Space in Parliament

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Kenneth Lubogo, the Bulamogi County proposed that parliament continues operating in the conference hall, which can accommodate all the legislators instead of squeezing them in the chambers.

National Resistance Movement-NRM party legislators will share space with their opposition counterparts in the parliament due to space constraints, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga has revealed. The Tenth parliament is comprised of 427 MPs up from 386 members that constituted the Ninth parliament.

 
The number is expected to increase in the next three financial years when some new districts are operationalised. However, the parliamentary chamber was constructed to host only 84 legislators. On Tuesday, Kadaga told the newly constituted parliament that intends to negotiate with the Leader of the Opposition to allow some NRM legislators on their side.
 
 
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She was responding to a query by Angel Mark Dulu, the Adjumani East MP on the difference between the house and the Conference Hall where the new MPs have been sitting since they were sworn in last week.

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But Kenneth Lubogo, the Bulamogi County proposed that parliament continues operating in the conference hall, which can accommodate all the legislators instead of squeezing them in the chambers.

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However, Kadaga downplayed the proposals saying the conference hall doesn't have the same arrangement like that in the chambers.

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In addition to the limited space in the chambers, parliament is also struggling to find office space for the legislators. Each of the legislators is entitled to office space at parliament.
 
However, over the weekend, Parliamentary authorities sent a message to all MPs, asking them to make groups of three before applying for office space.  Some quarters have been calling for a reduction in the number of constituencies, saying it is a burden to tax payers.
 
However, during the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Tenth parliament, President Yoweri Museveni defended the huge number of legislators, saying it allows marginalised groups to be represented. He said the space issue would be sorted.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.