Since Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania won the bid to jointly host the 2027 AFCON games, both Akii-Bua Stadium and Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal were included in the government program for the construction of additional stadiums.
Originally scheduled to be completed in 18 months, the contract period was extended twice to allow the contractors to finish the work. During an impromptu visit to various construction sites by a team from the World Bank and city council authorities, it was observed that the work remains incomplete.
Tony Ogwal, the chairperson Lango Co- operative union explained that tree planting was incorporated in the week- long activities preceding the national celebration as a commitment to combatting climate change.
According to Emmy Zoomlamai Okello, the Team Leader at FICH Uganda, many youths have high levels of formal education but lack the practical skills required in the workplace, which this program aims to address.
The first phase of the project involved the construction of the foundation, and the second phase involved the construction of beams, columns, stairs, and the first floor (solid concrete) which lasted for four months before stalling again due to financial constraints.
Several farmers who have now formed an association; Lira City Farmers’ Adoption Group argue that although many commercial banks are rallying them to go for loans to boost their commercial farming, the interest rates imposed on the loans makes it hard for them to pay back.
In 2012, Lira Regional Referral Hospital authorities dragged Geoffrey Okello to court on behalf of the community for allegedly encroaching on plots 9 to 19, 21 to 41 Military road, and plots 6 to 14 on Agoro road that belong to the hospital. High Court ruled in favor of the hospital as the rightful owner of the contested land.
Ruth Akullo, whose two-year contract under the project expired in December last year explained that they opted to lock the gate as a way of expressing their dissatisfaction with the way the matter was being handled by the accountant and project focal person.
Ben Otim Ogwete, the Lira Chief Administrative Officer attributed the challenge to delays from the Ministry, saying the District has resources and is ready to recruit staff but they have not received given a green light to proceed.