The Government commits to build the Akii Bua stadium and the Lango palace

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Government has assured the people of Lango sub-region that the construction of Akii Bua Stadium and Lango Palace remains a priority and has been included in this year’s national budget.

Chief Minister Denis Hamson Obua announced that Sh100b has been allocated for Akii Bua Stadium and Sh1b for Lango Palace, addressing public outcry and concerns surrounding these projects.

Obua conveyed this message on Sunday, May 19, 2024, while representing the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, at a fundraising event held at Boroboro Cathedral in Lira City East Division, Lira City.

He urged the community to remain hopeful as the government is committed to making these important developments a reality.

The event was organized by the Bishop of Lango Diocese, Prof. Alfred Olwa, to raise funds for the completion of the archdeacon house. The diocese is struggling to raise Sh200 million for the project.

At least Sh100 million in cash and pledges were raised in a ceremony where Speaker Among contributed Sh10 million, Obua Sh5 million, while Trade Minister David Bahati contributed Sh3 million. Health Minister and Lira City MP Dr Jane Ruth Aceng pledged Sh5 million.

Minister Obua delivers the contribution of Sh10 million on May 19.  (Photo by Patrick Okino)

Minister Obua delivers the contribution of Sh10 million on May 19. (Photo by Patrick Okino)

In 2010, President Yoweri Museveni promised to build the Akii Bua Stadium in memory of Uganda’s first Olympic gold medalist, John Charles Akii Bua, but the promise has since been far from reality.

Another issue that sparked public concern was the construction of the palace, started in 2021 by the former Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanya, with an expected completion time of 18 months. The project was budgeted to cost Sh3.5 billion.

AM/S CMD Investment Ltd was awarded the contract under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office, but work never started.

In a letter, Christine Najjuma Sebyala, the company’s CEO, blames the OPM for failing to comply with the presidential directive.

“We (CMD) Investment Ltd were hired on January 25, 2021 by the OPM to carry out the works and subsequently mobilized to the site to begin the preliminary works. We have monopolized the site ready to begin the main works under the contract,” Sebyala said in a July 15, 2021 letter to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.

“The purpose of this letter was to specifically request the attention of the recipients for their intervention to allow the execution of the delayed contract,” he added then.

But Obua said on Sunday that both projects have been incorporated into the budget for the 2024/2025 financial year and that the responsible ministries, the OPM and the Ministry of Education and Sports will guide the entire process.

“As head of government, I act as a midfielder who unites players from both the right and the defense,” he said.

“As Lango people, we have been campaigning for the construction of both Lango Palace and Akii Bua. I want to assure you that in the financial year starting July and ending next year 2025, Parliament approved sh100b for Akii Bua and sh1b for Lango Palace,” Obua revealed.

Bishop Olwa expressed gratitude to the government for the progress and stressed the need for action rather than continuing rhetoric.

He also called on the government to consider funding the construction of the over sh1b mission house at the headquarters of the Diocese of Lango in Lira town to coordinate evangelization in Africa and other parts of the world.