The failure by Nakivubo stadium management to prioritize sports development has raised concern among sports lovers. The stadium management has turned some of the spaces, which used to host indoor sports facilities into lockups.
The stadium used to host boxing, aerobics and weightlifting facilities. However, most of the spaces are currently occupied by traders. Athletes are left to operate in limited spaces. Some of the prominent sportsmen who nurtured their skills at Nakivubo stadium include John Mugabi alias the Beast, Godfrey Nyakaana and Justine Jjuuko.
Ssali Tamale, the Coach Nakivubo Sports Club, blames the mess on the failure by government to prioritize sports.
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Ahmed Mbidde, the Chairman Kampala Boxing Club accuses the board of trustees Nakivubo stadium for fronting business at the expense of sports and games. He asks government not to allow thing to continue the way they are
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Rashid Ssemakula alias 'Kawaidha', the pioneer Nakivubo Sports Club says if the past managers of the stadium had the same attitude like the current leaders, Uganda wouldn't have produced many some of the sportsmen who represented the country in the 1976 East African Games, with the help Paul Kakooza, the former Chairman of the National Council of Sports Chairman.
According to Ssemakula, Kakooza gave him weight lifting equipment, which replaced the rudimentary weights that he used to start the gym. Sarah Nankwanga, a phone vendor at one of the lockup on the perimeter wall of the stadium, says they are comfortable with the current arrangement, adding that they will need bigger shops in the near future.
Godfrey Mabirizi, the chairperson board of Trustees Nakivubo stadium, says they opened up lockups to create jobs and revenue for government. In 2015, a select committee of parliament stopped the rehabilitation of the stadium citing flaws in the procurement process.