Speaker Among Impressed by UPDF Engineers Brigade Works on Mandela National Stadium

The Speaker of Parliament, Right Honourable Anita Among, has today, during an inspection tour of Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, commended the UPDF Engineers Brigade for the exceptional works on the renovation of the stadium. “When I was coming in, I didn’t expect to see what I have seen. I am extremely impressed by what you have done here at Mandela National Stadium,” said Rt. Hon. Among.

The Speaker had led a Parliamentary team during an inspection of the ongoing renovation works at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Hon. Among applauded President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for being passionate about sports. She added that sports unite Ugandans regardless of their political affiliation, religion, and culture. “I urge all the people to be united for the good of humanity using sports,” Hon Among added.

The Speaker urged the members not to pay attention to the rumours on social media, which she termed propaganda. “I am here to testify that what is being said or portrayed out there that sub-standard work is being done here is not true,” Hon Among said. The Speaker lauded UPDF Engineering Brigade for securing the government property by fencing the land and acquiring the land title of Mandela National Stadium.

She tasked the Board to ensure that land which belongs to Mandela National Stadium is not used for anything else other than for sports activities. “We want to make Ugandans happy, and as the Parliament of Uganda, we shall always provide support,” Hon Among remarked. The State Minister for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang, thanked the President and the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni, for coming up with the plan to renovate the National Asset and the support rendered towards sports.

The Minister also commended the Speaker and Parliament for their love of sports activities. “As a ministry responsible for the sports sub-sector, we’re committed to ensuring that quality work is done for the better of our country,” Hon. Ogwang said.

The Project Engineer, Lt Col Peter Kidemuka, assured Ugandans that the stadium would be finished soon and with better quality. “As we produce quality work and on time. We have reconstructed this stadium to the International standards, and it’s now one of the best stadiums in the world,” Lt Col Kidemuka said.

He briefed the Speaker on what Mandela National Stadium looked like before and what it looks like now. Lt Col Kidemuka added that despite the many challenges and propaganda, the UPDF Engineers Brigade has managed to do quality work. Some of the challenges highlighted included the pioneer buses parked on the premises. However, the Speaker instructed the Board to relocate them immediately.

The Speaker revealed that the 17.7bn balance was approved and will be put on the Engineers Brigade Account to boost the work progress since most of the equipment is imported. On 2nd March 2022, the Ministry of Education and Sports, Mandela National Stadium Limited and the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the renovation and upgrade of Mandela National Stadium, in line with the budget of the physical Education and Sports department to further sports development in the country. The renovation work, which has so far lasted for about 20 weeks, is at 85% and is expected to be finished by 24 May 2024.

The Speaker was accompanied by the Commissioner of Parliament, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports, Ms Ketty Lamaro; Commissioners from the Ministry of Education and Sports; Chairperson Board of Mandela National Stadium, Mr Muwanga Edward Barlow, Commander UPDF Engineers Brigade Col Godfrey Tukamwakira, members from National Council of sports, among others.

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