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ESO Office Risky for Covert Activities – DG

The agency is housed in a three storey office building along Hannington road, Nakasero. ESO Director General Joseph Ocwet says that although the current office building is surrounded by high rise buildings that do not go well with security protocol, they have been appealing for a new office in vain.

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The External Security Organization (ESO) has made a case for a new ESO office building saying the current office space is not securely and strategically located. ESO is a government agency that is mandated to collect, analyse, and process information on external security threats. Its objective is to inform national policy and security in the country.  

The agency is housed in a three storey office building along Hannington road, Nakasero. ESO Director General Joseph Ocwet says that although the current office building is surrounded by high rise buildings that do not go well with security protocol, they have been appealing for a new office in vain.  

Ocwet told URN in an interview that ESO needs up to 26 billion Shillings to construct a new building in another environment, conducive for its covert and intelligence activities.  

“Even the president has been talking about this building, and how ESO should get a new one. We have been asking for this money in vain, but we hope this time parliament will help us” Ocwet says.        

The Chairperson of the Presidential Affairs committee of parliament Jessica Ababiku told URN in an interview that they have already written to the government asking the relevant offices to review its status as an unfunded priority.    

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The budget committee, currently scrutinizing the reports of other committees in parliament, is expected to make some adjustments in regards to the budget of 39 trillion shillings for next financial year.

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