The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) will spend up to 208 million Shillings every month to rent offices at the newly constructed Kingdom Kampala Building, along Nile Avenue.
The Commission is a statutory body mandated to eliminate discrimination and inequalities in Uganda. It is also tasked, as part of its mandate, to monitor, evaluate and ensure that policies, laws, plans, programs, activities, practices, traditions, cultures and customs among various entities, do not enhance imbalances.
Currently housed in Plot 7 Luthuli Close, Bugolobi, on the outskirts of Kampala, the commission employs 49 members of staff, in five departments; Finance, Administration, Legal Services and Investigations, Education, Training, Information and Communication, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation.
However, it will now be moving into the luxurious Kingdom Kampala building, which emerged the best bidder to provide service of office space at a cost of 208,313,070 per month. Kingdom Kampala is owned by city mogul Sudhir Ruparelia.
The other bidder, Amin Virani of Arrow Centre was disqualified after failing to present a copy of the tax clearance and bidder’s social security clearance, for the year 2019.
The commission will take one of the 10 floors at the building which will also host other sections like hotels, conference facilities and events space of up to 16,500 square meters. The Building also houses corporate office space of about 40,000 square meters and a shopping centre and entertainment facilities worth 30,000 square meters plus residential apartments.
A square meter at the facility is rented at a cost of USD 18 (66,000 Shillings). Tenants are also charged an additional service fee and Value Added Tax. For payment of 200 million Shillings, an Organisation only gets a space covering 304 square meters without the additional fees.
The government spends up to 90 billion Shillings annually on rent of space for its agencies, ministries and departments according to a statement to parliament submitted by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.