Log in
Free: The Observer Mobile App - Exclusive Content and Services

Lira district denies receiving Shs 600m Akii-Bua stadium funds

The state of the stadium as it looks now

The state of the stadium as it looks now

Lira district local government has denied receipt of Shs 665 million to construct Akii-Bua stadium. Lira chief administrative officer Mark Tivu said that the district only received about Shs 300 million which was meant to execute preliminary works on Akii Bua stadium.

Tivu says that the money was used for bush clearing of the 12-acre site, which involved uprooting trees and levelling of the land, opening boundaries, opening access roads, draining the swamp, construction of a pit latrine and the 200-seater pavilion that exists on the site today.
He added that a huge part of the money was used to compensate residents who had been occupying the land where the new stadium is being built. According to Tivu, no money was lost and all the received funds can be accounted for.

 
The explanation comes a day after the arrest of Lamex Omara, the commissioner physical education under the Education and Sports ministry over misallocation of Shs 665 million  meant for the construction of the Akii-Bua stadium.

Omara had appeared before the MPs with a team of officials from the ministry of Education and the National Council of Sports to responds to complaints from legislators from Lango region about the alleged mismanagement of funds allocated for the construction of the stadium.

Commissioner Omara defended himself, saying Lira district local government which did the work, should be held accountable. But Tivu trashed the claim, saying they did what they did within the available funds. 


Alex Oremo Alot, the Lira district LCV chairperson maintained there was value for money in the project which has been described shoddily constructed. Dickens Okello, a resident of Erute village where the stadium is being constructed urged for proper investigations to ascertain possible connivance between Lira district local government and the ministry of Education and Sports.
 
Okello says there was no value for money so far on the project. In 2008, President Museveni pledged to build a modern stadium in memory of the late John Akii-Bua, Uganda's first Olympic gold medalist.

 

Comments

+1 #1 WADADA rogers 2018-10-31 17:19
This country is sub merged with mafias on the left, on the right, front, behind, up and down.

Imagine two Government officials one saying 650M was sent to Lira while the recipient says he received only 300M. Which is which.

To the best of my knowledge, Akii Bua stadium was already in existence but was dilapidated. Bur when the CAO says that part of the 300M was used for bush clearing of the 12-acre site and that bush clearing involved uprooting trees and levelling of the land, opening boundaries, opening access roads, draining the swamp, construction of a pit latrine and the 200-seater pavilion,his argument creates more questions than answers. {Part One}
Report to administrator
-1 #2 WADADA rogers 2018-10-31 17:23
Secondly, the CAO says a huge part of the 300M was used to compensate residents who had been occupying the land where the new stadium is being built.

The argument would have made a lot of sense if the CAO had said that a huge sum was used to buy the land on which the stadium is being built.

To me, no money should have been paid to those who were occupying stadium land. It means that the occupants were squatters who should have been evicted other than compensating them. Cry the beloved Country. .

The explanation comes a day after the arrest of Lamex Omara, the commissioner physical education under the Education and Sports ministry over misallocation of Shs 665 million meant for the construction of the Akii-Bua stadium
Report to administrator
+2 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-10-31 17:27
So any way, where is the balance of 350M, who should account, is it Omara or the CAO.

The leadership of this country is rotten from head to toe, getting the whole system into intensive care wont help, it is what we call acute multiple organ failure.

The whole situation should be referred to hospice in preparation for the final resting place.. .
Report to administrator
0 #4 Lakwena 2018-11-01 09:15
In other words, we live in a very disgraced and shameful country! The rest of the world cannot take us seriously.

What we see hereabove is like a school sports ground, not a stadium. The people of Lira/Lango must be embarrassed: This theft couldn't have happened under the watch of Obote (RIP)

Blame it on the immoral and bankrupt leadership of Mr. M7, who is fundamentally making himself "Musveni the Great"; at the expense of the greatness of the whole country.

After grabbing power, Mr. M7. planted the seed and culture of grabbing (corruption), in 1987; when said that: corruption is good as long as the money stolen is not stashed away, somewhere in a Swiss Bank.

And Andrew Mwenda picked a leaf from him saying, corruption and land-grabbing are good practices for the economic progress. You grab money from the public coffer and use it to grab public land/or that of the poor.
Report to administrator
0 #5 Jama 2018-11-01 14:44
Once again another unrealized promise. If this country was well managed at least each region of Uganda could have an international standard stadium.

When other countries are constructing modern sports infrastructures and organising major sports events like the Afcon and others,this regime is planning how to conserve power for eternity.

Senegal which was recently chosen to host the next youth Olympic games has began with the construction of all necessary infrastructures.

The success of Kenyan sportsmen and women has been a major tourist attraction.while in Uganda sports has been among the most neglected sectors.
Report to administrator
0 #6 Ocen Opio 2018-11-01 15:32
How is it even possible that you compensate people leaving on government land in Erute, ( can we have those compensate to come out).

Mr. CAO you just added salt to fresh wounds when you say part of the money was used to construct 200 seater Pavilion.

Question is what was the motive/reason for this 200S, or one would ask "did we have a plan for this project"?
Report to administrator

Comments are now closed for this entry