Govt seeking Shs 3.3b to secure offices for President Museveni’s Advisors

Parliament rents Sudhir’s Kingdom Kampala office space for 323 MPs
Sudhir’s Kingdom Kampala Mall

Kampala, Uganda | URN | The Government of Uganda is seeking a supplementary budget allocation of 3.3 billion Shillings to secure office space for more than 20 Special Presidential Advisors at Sudhir’s Kingdom Kampala building.

On the list, of those who will occupy the offices, is former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, former Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former Security Minister General Elly Tumwine, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Amelia Kyambadde,  Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and Sarah Kanyike among others.

This was revealed by Yunus Kakande, the Undersecretary in the Office of the President who had appeared before Parliament’s budget committee to request a supplementary budget of close to 36 billion Shillings. According to Kakande, 3.3 billion Shillings has been used to secure office space and partition it at Kingdom Kampala, a building owned by businessman Sudhir Ruparelia.

The advisors will join 323 Members of Parliament (MPs) who already have offices at Kingdom Kampala, a facility rented at 18 billion shillings for two years. Kakande says that the process which is expected to be complete by January 2022 was unavoidable because of the Presidents appointment.

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Meanwhile, part of the supplementary budget arises out of payment of 1.5 billion Shillings to Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo, another facility owned by Sudhir Riparellia, for hosting State visitors for the Swearing of President Museveni and inaugural ceremonies in May 2021.

Others are the payment of court awards to former Makerere University Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera at 3.9 billion Shillings and operationalization of the Apex platform at 3 billion Shillings, for learning and effective utilization of monitoring and evaluation results, and build capacity within the Office of the President and other oversight actors that will, in turn, enhance the overall monitoring and evidence-based reporting for all government policies, programs, and projects.

Another 550 million Shillings is for the procurement of station wagons for the Minister for Economic Monitoring among others.  However, the committee chairperson Patrick Isiagi Opolot asked the team to go back and reconcile their presentation as they did not clarify the money that they have already spent compared to what they are yet to spend.