GOVERNMENT TO FENCE OFF MANDELA STADIUM LAND
Government has decided to build a perimeter wall around the 128 acres of land at Namboole belonging to Mandela National Stadium and all encroachers on this land will be required to vacate it to enable future development of sports facilities as per the masterplan.
This decision was reached in an inter-ministerial meeting comprising of Education and Sports, Finance, Planning and Economic Development and Lands and Urban Development that was chaired by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni on Tuesday at State House Nakasero.
The meeting that was convened to discuss the operational challenges facing Mandela National Stadium, was attended by Matia Kasaija, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Betty Amongi Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Rosemary Seninde State Minister for Primary Education. Others included the Secretary Uganda Land Commission Robert Nyombi, senior officers from Mandela National Stadium, National Council of Sports, Uganda Revenue Authority and the Ministries of Education and Sports and Finance Planning and Economic Development.
“Mandela Stadium is in bad shape and its land is being encroached on. That is why we are here to put our heads together and forge a way forward”, said Mrs. Janet Museveni in her opening remarks.
She noted that the Ministries of Education and Sports and Finance Planning and Economic Development, which are the two shareholders of the Stadium, had been lax in monitoring the management of the sports facility. She called for the strengthening of systems to ensure proper management of the stadium.
After lengthy discussions about the state of affairs at the Stadium, the meeting agreed on a number of resolutions.
Other issues discussed included how to settle the accumulated arrears that Mandela National Stadium Ltd. owes to Uganda Revenue Authority and to National Social Security Fund.
Jamil Sewanyana Mpagi, the Mandela National Stadium Managing Director, informed the meeting that their income is nothing compared to what they owe URA and NSSF.
The Finance, Planning and Economic Development Minister Matia Kasaija directed the Stadium management to have a costed strategic plan which will guide the planning for the stadium maintenance and future developments. He also said a team from both the shareholder ministries will be dispatched to audit the Mandela National Stadium systems, structures and performance.
Mandela National Stadium Management requests Government for budget support to enable regular maintenance and rehabilitation of the facility, conducting a feasibility study to update the master plan that will guide future developments, fencing off the land, acquisition of safety and security systems and equipment for access control and the installation of seats to meet international standards.