By Mubiru Ivan

The speaker of parliament has tasked Roko Construction Company to expedite efforts to hit the three year completion mark of the new parliamentary chambers.

The project is estimated to cost a total of shs179 billion.

Kadaga said the new chambers will improve the sitting capacity for Members of Parliament, and create more space for the growing number of legislators.

“When we conceived the project, we considered that Parliament would grow overtime and reach 500 members in another 20 years. But when handing over the site, we had already hit the 400 mark. We hope you will make adjustments to create more space for MPs,” Kadaga said.

She made the remarks after touring the construction site at the Parliament premises this week.

The Speaker also tasked Roko to set up a museum on the design plans of the new structure which she said is an integral part of the Parliament’s history, and would tell a story to future generations to come.

William Henry Ssentoogo from Ssentoogo and Partners, a private firm contracted to oversee the construction project noted that the building has made 10 per cent progress, and had been slowed by the acquisition of extra land to facilitate the design plan of the new chambers.

“The acquisition of the defunct Sir Apollo Kagwa Road and the Chogm Square posed a challenge and delay. However, now that Parliament has acquired the space, it will improve on design matters especially as regards security,” said Ssentoogo.

He added that Parliament has so far spent shs45 billion on the project, which included among others working with National Water and Sewerage Corporation to relocate the main water line, which process took time.