KAMPALA- There have been delays in the construction works for Uganda’s historic Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium ( NMS) which was handed over to Ham Enterprises for Development under a Private Public Partnership ( PPP).
In 2018, the First Lady Janet Museveni and her State Ministers Hon. Charles Bakabulinddi took the leap of faith and made a site visit at the sports facility that is hoped to breathe life into the game.
Businessman Hamis Kiggundu who doubles as the proprietor of Ham Enterprises was contacted as to why there has been a stalement in the project that is believed to a be game changer as per the plans displayed.
According to Agaba Aine, the stadium’s project manager revealed that the delays where due to numerous litigations coupled by the COVID -19 pandemic which shrunk most businesses.
“We have resumed work and over 1,000 workers have been deployed at the site to make sure that it moves on expeditiously than ever before and by mid 2021 alot shall be achieved,” he added.
Hamis Kiggundu, said that the construction budget increased due to flooding of the stadium since the water was diverted from Nakivubo channel.
He further explained that from the realistic and reasonable point of view that the work is not about the stadium but rather a legacy and called upon all Ugandans to embrace it , since it is for the development of our mother land.
Currently, the outer section is almost complete with business shops operating and probably this will help to generate more revenue to fasten the developments estimated to host over 35, 000 spectators on 13 Acres.
Nakivubo was death arena for national and international games, mothered and bred talent such as the likes of Hassan Mubiru, Hakim Magumba, Magid Musisi, David Obua , Edgar Watson among others since it’s inception in 55 years ago.
Great African players like Julius Agahowa, Nwanko Kanu and George Weah the current Liberian president had the previledge at the might stadium.
Since other facilities such as Mandela National Stadium are actively used as solace and treatment centres for COVID -19 patients, the need to have sports facilities should be a top priority by relevant authorities.
On the other side, upcoming stadia for example the Arua Hill Park are also underway and will add more steam and flare to the sports fraternity.
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