Parliament has made positive strides towards solving the challenge of facilitating the transport needs of the over 1,200 delegates at the upcoming 2019 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.
The 64 vehicles are just part of the required 180 cars that are deemed the basic number to be able to provide transport to such an overwhelming number of delegates.
The fleet of 64 is composed of four new buses, 10 omni buses, a number of Mercedes double cabin pick up trucks and vans.
According to CPC sub-committee on Transport, additional vehicles will be provided by various government agencies.
“We have asked other government agencies to assist us with additional cars to support the conference because our budget could not afford all the cars we needed,” says Peter Ogwang, the head of the CPC sub-committee on Transport.
After the conference, the new vehicles will be integrated with the parliamentary fleet so that government won’t have to spend on new vehicles.
During the conference, the cars will facilitate movement of the delegates to the pre planned tour sites around the country.
The 64th CPC meeting opens on September 22 and is expected to end on September 29. The main venue for the Commonwealth Conference is at Commonwealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo.
The Kampala meeting is expected to run under the theme: “Adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.”
Mr Ogwang said the decision to buy new cars was occasioned by the nature of the conference and what he called “added advantage.”
“The last time government bought cars was during 2007 Chogm and the cars are already worn out and almost written off,” Mr Ogwang said, adding that “we are dealing with heads of Parliaments that include: the Speaker of Canada, Speaker of Australia and the United Kingdom. These are Speakers of Commonwealth countries and we have to accord them all the necessary support for their movements,”
Ahead of the 2012 Inter-Parliamentary Union summit in Kampala, the Parliamentary Commission bought 35 cars at Shs2.5 billion. In 2007, government spent billions of shillings on BMW cars as it prepared to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm).