Commonwealth conference: Parliament writes to Attorney General over missing cars

Two months after Uganda hosted the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), some suppliers that were contracted by Parliament to supply vehicles for the conference, are yet to deliver the cars, prompting the parliamentary leadership to seek the advice of the Attorney General.

To ease transport for the conference’s delegates, Parliament procured 100 vehicles but at least 12 vehicles including executive commuter vans, mini buses and executive Mercedes-Benz passenger van that had been procured for the conference were not delivered by contractors in time.

The Conference held between September 22 and 29 was under the theme; “Adaption, engagement and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.”
The Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige said, the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga’s advice is being sought on the undelivered vehicles out of caution for a possible cause of litigation although parliament’s position would be for the cars not to be delivered.

“The funds are still there and if unutilized, it has to be sent back because it was a one off budget for the conference specifically,” added Kibirige.

One of the undelivered cars is a van that was supposed to take care of the mobility of persons with disabilities (PWDs), Kibirige said, adding that if the Attorney General advises on Parliament receiving the cars that were not delivered in time for the conference, they will have them.
Kibirige also noted that the cars that were procured for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) will be used by all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) once formally requested for.

In total, parliament procured 100 vehicles for the conference, which attracted more than 1,200 delegates from different countries under the Commonwealth.

The cars which were used to transport delegates to and from the Airport, to their hotels and to different tourist destinations in the country were supplied by Spear Motors, Kampala Motors Limited and Toyota Uganda Limited.

The vehicles included six executive commuter vans, eight high roof commuter vans, 17 station wagons, 15 minibuses, three executive passage vans, 14 Isuzu double cabins, 21 Nissan double cabins, six Fortuner station wagons, four luxury coaches, one executive ambulance, four lead cars and one back-up car.

Earlier media reports indicated a conflicting budget spent by Parliament on the purchase of the new vehicles with some reporting 18 billion shillings while others report 37 billion Shillings.

Besides the 100 new vehicles, parliament also hired 50 other station wagons from Mercantile Car Rentals Limited to also transport the delegates at 650,000 Shillings for each vehicle.