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Masaka's Oldest Stadium a Health Hazard

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Masaka Recreation Ground, the oldest sports facility in Masaka, doesn't have water or working toilets. As a result athletes and their fans are forced to ease themselves around the pitch, turning it into a major health hazard.
The 30,000-seater Masaka Recreation Ground was built in 1956 and commissioned Sir Andrew Cohen, the Governor of Uganda at the time.
Since then, the stadium has been in a slow decline.
Meddie Kiwalabye, the stadium manager, says three toilets built in 2004 were closed because Masaka Municipality failed to pay a bill of 100,000 shillings owed to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Kiwalabye says the municipality has failed to run the stadium. He says the money collected from football matches and music concerts at Masaka Recreation Ground is never used to renovate the stadium or to improve the services offered.
Joseph Buyondo Ssesimba, the Municipal Secretary for Health, says he is embarrassed by the condition of the Stadium. He calls for the immediate suspension of activities there until its sanitary facilities are improved.
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Masaka Recreation Ground is the home of Masaka LC Football Club.
Phillip Kakande, the officer in charge of general duties at Masaka LC Football Club, says the stadium was last renovated 25 years ago. He says the renovation was done by the former SC Villa president, the late Patrick Kawooya.