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Procurement Delays Renovation Works of Mandela National Stadium

Dr.Mugimba says the ministry was given the 30 billion shillings of the 97 billion that was estimated to kick start the works however, this has not been achieved due to the delays in the procurement process.

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Delays in procurement have delayed renovation works to start at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Early this year the government through the Ministry of Education and Sports announced that 30 billion shillings will be used to renovate the Stadium.

State Minister for Sports, Hamson Obua had considered the renovation works to start by July 1, 202. However, Dr. Dennis Mugimba, the Ministry spokesperson has said renovation works cannot start soon because of delays in the procurement exercise.

Last year in May, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) disqualified the Mandela National Stadium from hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers that started in September 2021, saying the facility is sub-standard.

The football bodies found the pitch, toilets, pavilion medical room, floodlights, official’s rooms, and dressing rooms at the Mandela Stadium in a very bad shape and recommended total renovation of the Uganda cranes stadium.

Dr. Mugimba says the ministry was given the 30 billion shillings of the 97 billion that was estimated to kick start the works however, this has not been achieved due to the delays in the procurement process. However, Dr. Mugimba could not disclose the details of the procurement challenges. .

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Uganda Cranes was forced to use the St. Marys Stadium in Kitende to host  a FIFA World Cup qualifying tie against Mali last month.

Dr. Mugimba also disclosed that works at the Teyret National High Altitude Centre in Kapchorwa is progressing well. He says though the COVID-19 challenges disrupted the three year project that started in January 2017 at the stadium, the contractors have managed to complete works by so far  76-80 %.

The Teyret stadium completion period was extended to November 2021 from the 2020 due to the COVID-19.

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The works on the National High Altitude Training Centre is being carried out in three phases. The facility will have hostels, a state of the art Hotel, physio room, swimming pool and an helicopter pad. China National Complete Plant Import and Export Corporation is undertaking the construction works for the centre that is aimed at benefiting elite athletes especially in athletics, football, swimming and rugby.

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