30 January 2013

Uganda: Parliament Signs New Tenancy Deal With Baumann House

Parliament has extended its tenancy agreement with Baumann house for another six months, despite vowing last year not to do so.

A parliamentary source who declined to be named said the deal is still privy to only the Parliamentary Commission. Baumann house, which is opposite the Parliament main gate, houses 150 MPs' offices due to shortage of space for the 375 MPs and support staff.

Kinkizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi, a commissioner, however, said the extension was agreed, "to allow the occupants of Development house to leave and then we create space for renovations before the MPs enter."

Last year, the Parliamentary Commission told MPs on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee that Parliament would not renew the tenancy agreement with Baumann House. It would instead relocate the MPs' offices to Development house, where some of the offices of the ministry of Education and Sports are located.

The MPs had also requested the President's office to move out of a section of the parliament's building. The President's office, which has a new twin-tower building next to Parliament, is yet to respond.

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