457 MPs in current term, 523 after 2021 elections

According to NTV’s Herbert Zziwa, 46 of the new 66 parliament positions shall represent the recently gazetted constituencies while 20 are going to represent the 10 new cities including Mbarara, Jinja, among others.

The new development comes after an increment from 357 MPs in the 9th parliament to 457 in the current 10th house.

According to Doctor Arthur Bainomugisha who is the executive director at ACODE, financing the growing number of legislators will often come at the cost of service delivery. He also adds that the current COVID-19 crisis in the world reduces input from foreign funding in addition to a suffering Ugandan economy.

Raphael Magezi, the minister of local government and perhaps the leading proponent of the creation of new constituencies argues that the cost of implementation does not outweigh the need for promoting democracy in these districts and constituencies.

The 10th parliament has been often faced by shortage of working space for the MPs leading to the commencement of construction of a new parliament building next to current structure.

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