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2020 Olympic Games: MPs call for prioritization of sports sector

Members of Parliament are concerned about the Government’s failure to prioritize the sports sector calling for more funding and construction of facilities across the country.

Ntungamo Municipality MP, Yona Musinguzi said the Ministry of Education and Sports gave a tender to reconstruct the Nakivubo Stadium four years ago, to a city businessman whom he says has failed to complete the project.

“The tender was given to Hamis Kiggundu who has built arcades and malls all around the stadium, with little work done on the stadium itself. If he has failed over all these years, why shouldn’t the tender be cancelled and given to someone else?” Musinguzi asked.

He added that the process was flouted with no competitive bidding.

”A discussion and agreement between Kiggundu and officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports was signed to revamp the Stadium,” he added.

The MP raised the concern as legislators congratulated Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai who had just won gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics.  This was during a plenary session chaired by Deputy Speaker, Anita Among on 04 August 2021.

Kween County MP William Chemongis said that Parliament provides time for discussions on some of the challenges faced by athletes.

“These men and women who represent the country in these competitions face a lot in their preparations for regional or international competitions,” Chemongis said.

Among directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to present a full report on the progress of the Nakivubo Stadium that has been under construction for the last five years.

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