MPs order private investors off Nakivubo stadium


Nakivubo stadium


The select committee investigating the irregular sale of public school land on Kampala has halted the refurbishment of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.

The committee issued the directive in a meeting with the board of trustees of Nakivubo stadium led by its chair Godfrey Mabirizi.

It came after the committee learnt that the agreements signed between Nakivubo Stadium and four companies contracted to carry out different refurbishment and construction works were done irregularly.

According to Mabirizi, his deputy Edward Ssembatya is the one who signed the agreements on behalf of the board.

However, the committee members led by Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East MP wouldn’t have any of this saying only the chairman and secretary are mandated under the Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium Act, 1953, to append their signatures on the agreements.

Niwagaba says the ongoing construction does not spell out clearly the terms of the refurbishment of the sports stadium, as stipulated in the initial agreements.

The firms include M/S Ham Enterprises Ltd, M/S Nterenfune Enterprises Ltd, M/S Bestin Ltd and M/S Future Land Ltd.

The firms are expected to construct among other things 2 netball pitches, reconstruction of a modern 10,000-seater VIP pavilion, boxing arena, upgrading of the playing field to FIFA standards and a shopping complex.

The committee chairman Robert Migadde says the agreements have focused on the commercial aspect for monetary gain adding that the stadium may soon be sold off.

Mabirizi however explains that the contracts were scrutinized by the board and Ministry of Education and any delays in construction may disorganize the process.

He says the matter on the contract agreements will be referred back to the Solicitor General for further scrutiny.


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