Eng Besigye Bekunda, the head of the engineering Brigade, says the major task they had to accomplish in the first phase was the construction of the perimeter wall around the stadium and they have completed it.
Completed Buhinga Stadium perimeter wall.
construction of the first phase of Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal tourism city
Bekunda, the head of the Engineering Brigade of the Uganda People's Defense
Forces -UPDF, says they have completed construction of the perimeter wall which
was the first phase.
asked when the second phase will start, Eng. Bekunda said he is not sure since
they were only contracted to complete the first phase.
“If there is
any other issue and they call upon us, we shall come and do the work. For any
other future developments, it should be the city council to look for money.
Ours was to fence the stadium,” says Eng. Bekunda.
reporter visited the site, UPDF engineers who preferred anonymity said that
they attempted to hand over what they have completed, but the Kabarole district
leaders rejected it.
Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LCV chairperson, an incomplete stadium cannot
be handed over. He however appreciates what has been constructed so far, and is
hopeful that it will be completed at some point.
It should be
remembered that unlike other government projects where sign posts are erected
detailing the duration of the project and other related information, for
Buhinga, the case has been different as it lacks one.
Fort Portal Municipal Development Forum – MDF, raised the same concerns in
October last year when they noted that the bills of quantities were also
inaccessible and it was hard for the public to know their role in the
observed that the stadium is too close to River Mpanga and there were no plans
in place to avoid the river’s overflow from destroying the perimeter wall.
Kabarole District Engineer, Steven Wakatama, was quick to say that a drainage
system will be put in place to ensure the wall's safety. However, the first
phase is complete and the issue has not been addressed.
the architectural designs, upon its completion, the stadium will comprise of a
football pitch, netball and volleyball courts, offices, dressing rooms, two
gymnasiums, a clinic, shops, among other facilities.
At the start
of construction of first one, the then site engineer, Alfred Niwamanya, said
the initial architectural plan was to be reviewed.
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region