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AFCON 2027: Lango Activists Petition CAF Over Akii-Bua Stadium :: Uganda Radionetwork
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AFCON 2027: Lango Activists Petition CAF Over Akii-Bua Stadium

The activists under the stewardship of Isha Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South Member of Parliament have sent their petition to the CAF Secretary General citing evidence of fraud, forgery, and administrative error, which they say led to the diversion from the proposed stadium as per the bidding document submitted to CAF/ AFCON committee.
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Civil and Political activists in the Lango region have petitioned the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the removal of Akii-Bua Olympic Stadium in Lira City from hosting the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2027.

The activists under the stewardship of Isha Otto Amiza, the former Oyam South Member of Parliament have sent their petition to the CAF Secretary General citing evidence of fraud, forgery, and administrative error, which they say led to the diversion from the proposed stadium as per the bidding document submitted to CAF/ AFCON committee.

The other reasons they indicated in their petition dated November 14th include political interference, marginalization, favoritism based on tribal lines, and economic and regional war of disempowering other regions through denying them national infrastructural development such as stadiums, and airports. Otto said they want CAF to investigate the National Council of Sports and the  Federation of Uganda Football Association (FIFA) for fraudulently sideling Akii-Bua stadium from hosting AFCON 2027.

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The group also wants the government to complete the construction of the Akii-Bua stadium and ensure that all the other AFCON requirements are made available for it to host AFCON 2027. On the other hand, the activists are also rallying the people of Lango and friends of the late John Akii-Bua to support the construction of his memorial stadium.

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A cleric who preferred anonymity called for dialogue between the government and the affected people saying if not handled well, this would have vast after-effects. He said the decision regarding the AFCON 2027 host venues should not be taken negatively or as a punishment for a particular group of people, or that they do not deserve. 

“It is a question of seeing ourselves as Ugandans, our capacity within the given period and then seeing objectively the amount given here, can we manage this successfully so that other nations become happy with our hospitability…and if this place cannot do it, which place can host it and make it really meaningful?” he wondered.

Adding that “if we begin fighting and we take bad politics of disruption and then we lose everything, the later effects will even be longer on the poor people here looking to survive. So we must look far away into dialogue.” Early this week, the State for Sports, Peter Ogwang announced that the government will be constructing the stadia in a phased manner in fulfillment of a pledge to have a stadia built in Lango in memory of the first Olympic gold medalist, the late John Akii-Bua but not to host the AFCON 2027. 

He said the stadium will not host the games because it is not within a 50-kilometer radius of an international airport and the area where it is located does not have five-star hotels.

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