A number of legislators have protested the proposed relocation of the United Nations base in Entebbe, as a United Nations Regional Service Centre but the UN is yet to respond.
The move to relocate the base was unveiled by United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres showing that instead, the Kenyan Capital Nairobi has been shortlisted to host the office.
Supported by 427 approved staff, including 134 international staff, 285 Ugandan staff and eight United Nations volunteers, the centre, currently hosted in Entebbe is the hub for all administrative, logistical, information and communications technology services to missions in Africa. Uganda won the bid to host the centre in 2010.
Last week President Yoweri Museveni reportedly wrote to the United Nations Secretary-General protesting the move to relocate the base. President Museveni described the move as unfair.
Now Members of Parliament have equally expressed dissatisfaction over the proposed move. Raising it as a matter of National Importance,
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo said the base has contributed USD 11 million to Uganda annually and has made Entebbe vibrant.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says Uganda had paid a huge price in East Africa more than any country and deserves to be maintained as the host of the base.