The Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang has revealed that the renovation and upgrade of the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole to international standards has been affected by delays in the release of funds.
Ogwang said whereas Parliament approved the budget in the 2021/2022 financial year, the money was released late.
“Parliament appropriated Shs31 billion and a supplementary funding of Shs62 billion in the 2021/2022 financial year for the construction of a boundary wall, renovation and upgrade but the stadium received funds in July 2022,” Ogwang said.
Ogwang said that as a result, only 32 per cent of civil works have been completed by the UPDF engineering Brigade. He added that the procurement process is also still ongoing.
The minister, who is still hopeful that the stadium will be ready to host games in June said that the ongoing works will hopefully satisfy the requirements for Uganda to host international tournaments such as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Ogwang also updated Parliament on the proposed construction of Buhinga Stadium in Kabarole District and Akii Bua Olympic Stadium in Lira City.
“A report on feasibility studies, concept design, and environmental and social impact assessments was submitted to the Ministry of Finance waiting for funds to commence construction of Buhinga and Akii Bua,” Ogwang added.
Ogwang said Buhinga Stadium is designed to host 26,000 people with two netball courts, two volleyball courts, two handball courts, two basketball courts, an artificial turf, three tennis courts, a fitness centre and a hotel all to cost $64 million (about Shs239 billion).
The proposed 30,000-seater Akii Bua Stadium upon completion will have an athletics track, two netball courts, two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, two handball courts, an artificial turf, three tennis courts and a swimming pool. This will cost $48 million (about Shs179 billion).