State Minister for Sports, Hon Peter Ogwang, has provided an update on the progress of the ongoing refurbishment of the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
In a recent statement, Ogwang announced that the installation of drainage systems for the two running tracks is set to be completed by next week.
This development follows a recent setback where the Uganda Athletics Federation had to utilize the facilities at Uganda Christian University in Mukono for the National Trials due to the unavailability of the Mandela National Stadium.
Earlier assurances from Minister Ogwang had promised that Namboole would be fully operational this year for national teams.
Providing further details, he stated, “Pitch maintenance equipment, including mowers, aerators, scarifiers, rakers, sanders, pitch cleaners, tractors, and trailers, have been delivered. Additionally, the grass for the main and training pitches has fully grown, and maintenance is underway.”
The Minister emphasized the importance of completing the drainage systems for the running tracks in time for the subsequent installation of the tracks themselves.
The refurbishment project is being managed by the UPDF engineering brigade.
It’s strong to note that this renovation, valued at Sh97 billion, was initially slated for conclusion in August of last year.