Speaker visits Namboole stadium amidst queries over quality of work by UPDF Engineering brigade

Speaker visits Namboole stadium amidst queries over quality of work by UPDF Engineering brigade

By Our Reporter

Kampala – The Speaker of Parliament Anita Annet Among on Monday April 15th, 2024  led a Parliament team including Commissioner Mathias Mpuuga to inspect works at Mandela national stadium in the outskirts of Kampala.

Speaker Among was taken on a guided tour by army officials supervised by the Sports State Minister Peter Ogwang, and was satisfied with the works done by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineering Brigade.

“I did not expect to see what I have found here; I want to tell the UPDF Engineering Brigade that I am extremely impressed with what they have done,” she said.
Among said to ascertain the exact monies needed to get the works done to completion, Parliament will conduct a forensic audit. She also asked Hon Mpuuga to take time and properly tour the facility and report to Parliament on areas which need improvement.

“We shall do a forensic audit to see how much money we have spent on the project and how much more needs to be done due to the proposed variations,” she said.

Minister Ogwang directed contractors to complete all pending works and hand over the facility in two weeks time, in readiness for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) competitions in June 2024.

The stadium is also part of Uganda’s plans for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in 2027.
With Shs80 billion so far released for the project, final works required a full pay up of the Shs97 billion appropriated.

Parliament last week pressed Finance State Minister Amos Lugoloobi to release the remaining Shs17.7 billion to have works completed.
Speaker Among, upon Ogwang’s request, ordered Pioneer Bus Limited vehicles parking on the stadium’s spaces to be removed forthwith ahead of inspections.

However, according to a report from the CAF Inspectors that John Baptist Nambeshe the Opposition Chief Whip read in Parliament last week, the stadium had unfinished areas of the exterior and interior. “Based on the pre-inspection it is noted that the works in several areas of the exterior and interior zones of the stadium are still in progress and not yet complete, and according to CAF stadium approval procedures”, reads part of the report.

“An approval is only given when the stadium is compliant with the requirement at the time of the inspection which is not the case at the time, which is not the case for Mandela National Stadium, CAF is not therefore in a position to grant an additional period for the completion of the works,” reads another report.

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