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Nakivubo Stadium: Parliament takes keen interest in the dawdling construction process

During last week’s final parliamentary setting on Friday 6/8/2021, the deputy speaker Anita Among who also doubled as the host of proceedings on the evening delegated a committee of parliamentarians to lead an investigation into what has for long been described as a sluggish approach to the construction of Nakivubo stadium.

The appointment of this delegation followed an alarm raised by Ntungamo Municipality member of parliament, Yona Musinguzi a fortnight ago. The lawmaker seemed untainted in his accusations of Roko Construction Company (who are charged with this responsibility) for deliberately slowing down the construction process.

This delegation as led by Bugiri Municipality MP and prominent city lawyer Asuman Basalirwa hastened to pay the courtesy visit to the construction site on Saturday morning where they were welcomed by city tycoon and project initiator Hamis Kiggundu of Ham Enterprises.

Aerial view of Nakivubo Stadium. Ham enterprises photo

The dialogue between both parties was smooth and harmonious and according to Basalirwa helped ascertain the level of progress so far.

“Our worries prior to coming here was that the project coordinators were also suffering the same problems presented by the Covid-19 pandemic but it wasn’t the case to our delight. It was indeed heartwarming listening to the reassurances that the job will be completed on time.” Basalirwa expounded.

He would further emphasize the fact that the project wasn’t behind it’s maturity time and that it was within the gestation period that was designated at the time of clearance. The gestation is five years and within just two and a half years, 48% of the work has been realized according to him.

A look at the progress of one of the stands. Ham Enterprises photo

Mr. Hamis spoke about the same pointers and further assured the public that the project was never going to exceed the designated time period because of their commitment and zeal towards seeing it through.

This is what he highlighted: “I would like to ask the media to stop the bad press and witch-hunting that has been aimed at us. My aim and that of my colleagues is to improve the country’s sports infrastructure and the construction of Nakivubo seems to be a good starting point.”

He would go ahead to describe the visit from parliamentarians as a good gesture and one that has been long overdue. He further implored all Ugandans with the ability to take up in the construction and improvement of sports infrastructure in the country to do so.

Sheema Municipality MP Dickson Kateshumbwa couldn’t hide his excitement at the progress of the project and needed no invitation to wax lyrical about the greatness of Hamis Kiggundu. He however also used the platform to ask the government to increase the budget for sports and praised the athletes for their great work.

For perspective, the only facility in the country that somewhat meets the FIFA requirements is Namboole stadium which has been a Covid-19 facility for the last one and a half years.

The athletes that Kateshumbwa so passionately speaks about have brought honour and pride to the country but did it the hard way since majority didn’t have access to sophisticated training facilities while making their preparations.

Taking a little trip down memory lane, Moses Kipsiro was promised a High Altitude facility in Kapchorwa in the aftermath of his incredible gold double in the 5,000 and 10,000metres at the Commonwealth games in Delhi India.

The same promise gained more traction in 2012 when it was sold to Stephen Kiprotich following his gold in the Marathon at the London Olympics. Ten years down the road and the facility is still just progressing.

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