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Mak Arena Incomplete after 4 Years Under Construction

The construction of the arena started in 2018 with intentions of hosting the 3rd World University Netball Championships that took place in September 2018 at Makerere University
Situation at Mak Arena now.

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Makerere University multi-purpose Sports Arena is yet to be accomplished after spending almost four years under construction. 

The construction of the Arena started in 2018 with intentions of hosting the 3rd World University Netball Championships that took place in September 2018 at Makerere University. 

However, after hosting the games prematurely in 2018 the arena has now spent three years under construction by UPDF Engineering Brigade.But it yet to be completed despite promises by the University that the arena will be done to completion after hosting the games.

 

Penina Kabenge, the head of sports and recreation department at Makerere University told Uganda Radio Network that the work was halted due to Covid-19 but the UPDF Engineering Brigade has once again embarked on the process. 

 

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The administrator also explained to URN that the work was also slowed by redesigning of the Arena after the FISU games, saying they wanted to expand the sitting capacity from 1,500 to 3,000. She said the process of approving the new design also slowed the operations.  

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In the process of redesigning the arena, Kabenge said the University incurred extra expenses that were not part of the initial budget for the facility. And since the new designed had to be approved by KCCA, she said this also hugely affected the process. 

 

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Kabenge however declined to commit herself as to when the arena will be finished. 5.57 billion Shillings was earlier released by government to construct the multi-purpose centre.

The facility is expected to have a pavilion, stadium, offices, washrooms, parking lot, and access roads. Despite this, the International University Sports Federation-FISU cleared the facility to host the games. 

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