Parliament has spent over 1 billion shillings for hiring two tents that are currently used for plenary sessions.
The two tents hired by Parliament
Parliament has spent over 1 billion shillings to hire two tents
being used for plenary sessions due to covid-19 restrictions.
In March last year, Parliament sittings were shifted from the main chambers to
the parking lot to observe the COVID-19 Standard Operating procedures. The
legislature has since then been paying 8.5 million shillings daily to hire the
This figure when summed up over the 11 months that the tents have been hired
amounts to over 1.1 billion shillings. Parliament has had to foot a monthly
bill of over 102 million shillings as tent rental costs.
Parliament broke off for close to two months for Elections and holidays.
According to officials from Parliament, it was agreed that the parliamentary
commission pays bills for only three days when the house sits that is Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday.
Parliament's Acting Director Communications and Public Affairs, Helen
Nanteza Kawesa, the hiring of the tent was unavoidable because Parliament
needed to continue sitting but also respecting COVID-19 restrictions.
Kawesa says Parliament plans to buy its tent in the next financial year going
by the trend Covid-19 is taking. Kawesa says a 30x40 meter tent will be
adequate social distancing during Parliament's plenary session.
“As you are aware, we hired the tent because nobody knew if one day COVID-19
would be there or not, but also if it would take longer. So for the future, we
are procuring our tent” she said on phone.
The tent if purchased will save Parliament millions of shillings that go into
tent hire for different events like the end of year parties, festivals and
celebrations among others.
According to bid documents seen by URN, M/S Karid Investment limited T/a
Tents 4 U emerged best-evaluated bidder to supply Parliament with a tent of 358
Other bidders like, M/S Silk Events, were unsuccessful after they failed
to provide the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) clearance
certificates, bid security, evidence of having made similar supplies, and
submitted a transactional tax clearance certificate addressed to Uganda Revenue
M/S Gray Point holdings were unsuccessful over NSSF remittance while M/s
Luminous limited failed at the financial stage.