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Speaker inspects Namboole Stadium, urges perfection ahead of CHAN

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Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has led a Parliament team, including Commissioner Mathias Mpuuga, to inspect works at Mandela National Stadium.

Speaker Among was taken on a guided tour by army officials supervised by Sports State Minister Peter Ogwang and was satisfied with the work done by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Engineering Brigade.

“I did not expect to see what I have found here; I want to tell the UPDF Engineering Brigade that I am extremely impressed with what they have done,” she said.

To ascertain the exact amount of money needed to get the work done to completion, Parliament will conduct a forensic audit. She also asked Mpuuga to take time to properly tour the facility and report to Parliament on areas that need improvement.

“We shall do a forensic audit to see how much money we have spent on the project and how much more needs to be done due to the proposed variations,” she said.

Minister Ogwang directed contractors to complete all pending works and hand over the facility in two weeks, in readiness for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) competitions in June. The stadium is also part of Uganda’s plans for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in 2027.

With Shs80 billion so far released for the project, final works required a full pay-up of the Shs97 billion appropriated.

Parliament last week pressed Finance State Minister Amos Lugoloobi to release the remaining Shs17.7 billion to have work completed.

Speaker Among, upon Ogwang’s request, ordered Pioneer Bus Limited vehicles parking in the stadium’s spaces to be removed forthwith ahead of inspections.

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