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Now gov't turns to China for construction of Akii Bua stadium

The pavilion section of Akii Bua stadium

The pavilion section of Akii Bua stadium

Government has resorted to seeking for financial assistance from China for the construction of Akii Bua olympic stadium.   

This was revealed on Thursday as officials from the ministry of Education and Sports led by the minister Janet Museveni appeared before parliament’s Education Committee to present their policy statement for the coming financial year 2019/2020.   

Despite an increase in the Education budget from the current financial year 2018/19 sector budget of Shs 2.78 trillion to Shs 3.28 trillion in FY 2019/2020, Ms Museveni told the committee that there are critical activities that have not been funded.   

Alex Kakooza, the ministry of Education permanent secretary, said that despite the construction of the stadium at 4 per cent, no funds have been allocated for the stadium project in FY 2019/20. The ministry has so far received Shs 665 million for the construction of the stadium which was channeled to Lira district local government.

The money was used for opening the boundaries of the land, clearing and levelling the field of 18.6 acres, construction of access roads and drainage channels. Kakooza told MPs that due to under-funding, further activities on the stadium have been put on halt. 

 
He said that the ministry of Education has made a formal proposal and application through ministry of Finance for financing construction of the stadium from the Chinese government under a grant and interest-free loan.   

"The underperforming go Akii Bua stadium and no allocation towards this construction in FY 2019/20. Mr chairman due to underfunding, further activities beyond preliminary works - designs, civil works and supply of stadium equipment cannot take place. Ministry of Finance is consequently exiting the project for the public investment plan for FY 2019/20 because the low funding levels cannot deliver a stadium." he said. 

 
"Mr Chairman, we want to say the money which had been allocated was not for construction of the stadium. The money was for preliminary works including designing of the stadium. So we’re trying to look for funding and HE the president requested that we make a formal proposal and application through ministry of Finance for the construction of the Akii Bua stadium to the People’s Republic of China." Kakooza added.    

The stadium was a pledge by President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 in memory of Uganda’s first Olympic gold medallist, John Akii-Bua.

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+4 #1 WADADA roger 2019-04-20 11:45
So what happens to the money that was wasted by the District Administration in the name of constructing the stadium, now we have to borrow again
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+5 #2 Kamegeko 2019-04-20 12:03
It's a shame that we as Ugandans can't build a stadium or grow marijuana for that matter... We need to outsource every project.

We even have to go to Kenya for medical treatment. It makes me wonder why we even pretend to go to school. I wish we could also outsource our politicians.
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+2 #3 John Juba 2019-04-20 14:32
Quoting Kamegeko:
It's a shame that we as Ugandans can't build a stadium or grow marijuana for that matter... We need to outsource every project.

We even have to go to Kenya for medical treatment. It makes me wonder why we even pretend to go to school. I wish we could also outsource our politicians.


Spot on! I love the bit on outsourcing politicians.
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0 #4 Akot 2019-04-20 20:04
WADADA roger, thanks.

The tribalistic divisive dictatorail government & it's selfish management believes we don't have memories! Every time they come up with projects, it's those they already told us about, got money for, but nothing ever started nor finished!

Time to ask where money given by EU for Soroti-Gulu...rail repair went, if work is already completed!

Mbabazi wasn't asked to explain where millions given for development of N.Uganda went.

What does Museveni do with his tax money in the country that belongs to him?
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0 #5 Akot 2019-04-20 20:17
Kamegeko, agreed, but,

Uganda do not need to grow marijuana (drugs), but modernise agriculture & produce healthy food/cash with less labour.

Parents in drug producing countries are frustrated fighting for help to get children off drugs, so marijuana or any other drug is more destructive than enything else, especially in a country ruled by demons with no future for youths.

As for health sercices outside the country, it's only tax payers who can say NO to it & they will get support form population.

There we are, UNITY of a people for common cause or bad rulers-dictators go on while those around them get served.

This is precisely why Algerians-Sudanese say NO to continuity of old systems that pretend they were not part of the bad ruler thrown out in UNITY, when it was, still is them in control.

It's not just Museveni, but the entire system, that MUST be dislodged!
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0 #6 Akot 2019-04-21 19:14
John Juba, understood, but,

Just tribal leaders bringing down the divisive tribalsitic system keeping Museveni who has no tribal land in the country, will bring every body to sense.

Ugandans don't even need money to throw Musevenji & the entire system out, just UNITY!

But as things are & everything is good for Museveni & will just go on while divisive opposition/divided Ugandans fight themselves, yet ensure tax money in peace for Museveni who controls everything.

Museveni will not only leave Ugandans divided, but without money as he has all the time needed to loot & hide money where ever he wants.
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-04-23 11:29
In other words, the rate at which NRM leadership and bankruptcy is being exposed everyday; is like undressing before a packed audience in Nambole Stadium.

Otherwise this kind of borrowing for everything is a national disgrace. It is akin to a failed home state, where the wife has to send out the children to ask for salt, match-sticks and hoe from the neighbors.

It also means that our tax revenues are being stolen and packed in suitcases, by our corrupt dealers (leaders) for their rainy day when things fall apart, like in Algeria and Sudan.

SHAME!
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0 #8 Jama 2019-04-23 14:35
If we had a responsible leader within the 32yrs of rule, we could have at least six stadiums, which are at the international standard ,capable of hosting major competitions like the Afcon.
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