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Lango MPs Petition President on State of Akii-Bua Stadium :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Lango MPs Petition President on State of Akii-Bua Stadium

In 2008, President Museveni pledged to build a modern Stadium in memory of late John Akii Bua, Ugandas first Olympic gold medalist. Lira district local government subsequently allocated a 12-acre piece of land at Erute village to house the Stadium.
The 200 seater pavilion so far built at the new Akii Bua site in Lira district
Members of Parliament from Lango sub region have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over the stalled construction of Akii-Bua Memorial Stadium.

In 2008, President Museveni pledged to build a modern Stadium in memory of late John Akii-Bua, Uganda's first Olympic gold medalist. Lira district local government subsequently allocated a 12-acre piece of land at Erute village to host the Stadium.

But to-date, only a 200-seater pavilion and a pit latrine have been built at the new site using over 600 million Shillings sent by the government. Now, the legislators want President Museveni to task the Ministry of Education and Sports to explain why the construction of Akii-Bua Stadium was never implemented as planned.

In a letter dated October 22, 2018, the legislators demanded that the government considers resuming the construction which has stalled for over a year now. They also want Lira district authorities to justify how they spent the 600 million Shillings sent in the previous financial years since the work on the ground is not commensurate with the money used.

The letter is signed by Ajuri County MP Hamson Denis Obua and Kwania County MP Tony Ayo. The MPs are seeking for a value for money audit to be conducted by the Auditor General.

"The task to manage the construction should be removed from Lira district since they have exhibited low value for money in the work done so far. The construction of Akii Bua should be managed by the Centre and they just hand it over to the district once the construction is complete," MP Ayo argued.

Alex Oremo Alot, Lira district LCV chairperson previously told URN that the money was used for clearing the land, plant trees, open access roads, financing construction of the temporal pavilion and a pit latrine at the site. He urged the legislators to concentrate on persuading the government to send more funds to finance work on the stadium.

Geoffrey Okello, 43, a resident of Ojwina Division welcomed the petition by the legislators saying it will enhance government commitment to financing the construction of Akii Bua Stadium.

Currently, Lira district does not have any official Stadium except Lango Sports ground which is managed locally by the sports lovers in the area.

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