Legislators have advised the Ministry of Education and Sports to ensure that all processes required for Uganda’s successful hosting of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2027, awarded jointly to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania under the East Africa joint Pamoja Bid by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on September 27, 2023, are safeguarded against corruption.
Geoffrey Kayemba Ssolo, the shadow minister for Sports and Bukomansimbi MP, emphasized the need for transparency in the preparations for AFCON.
“We don’t want to get into a situation like we had with CHOGM. I want the thieves to stay away from the preparations for AFCON,” Kayemba said.
Members of Parliament also called upon the government to use this opportunity to improve sports facilities and general infrastructure to prevent potential international embarrassment.
Moses Magogo, Budiope East County MP and President of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), suggested a turnkey project approach for stadium construction to avoid project delays, lengthy procurement processes, and corruption, which could hinder Uganda’s readiness to host AFCON.
State Minister for Sports, Peter Ogwang, assured MPs of the government’s commitment to prioritize sports infrastructure for AFCON 2027. He mentioned plans to construct regional stadiums and advocated for a Sports Fund, as well as considering taxing betting companies to raise funds for sports facilities.
Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda during the Pamoja bid defense in Cairo, committed to ensuring finances and infrastructure are readily available.
In addition to preparing at least two accredited stadiums, Uganda is expected to pay US$30 million as hosting fees to CAF before February 2025.