Govt to Pay Namboole Management 1.4B for Loss Of Business
Government will pay the management of Mandela National Stadium Namboole shs 1.4b for the period between July last year to june 2021 for loss of business.
The government through the Ministry of Finance agreed to make this payment after the management of the sports facility argued that they had lost regular revenue streams from sport and non sports activities after the takeover of the stadium by the Ministry of Health as a covid-19 treatment centre.
Namboole is Uganda’s only National stadium of international standard and is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Sports.
The Ministry of Health in March last year took over the facility and turned it into an isolation and treatment facility for the COVID-19 patients.
The stadium managing director, Jamil Ssewanyana, told legislators on the budget committee that since the takeover, the facility is unable to cater for the outstanding recurrent costs in order to sustain the stadium operations for the current financial year.
Ssewanyana appeared before the committee together with state minister of finance David Bahati and state minister of finance David Bahati and state minister for sports Hamson Obua.
The team had appeared to defend the figures which the finance ministry expects to pay through a supplementary budget.
Responding to MPs’ demand that the ministry finds money ‘|l,’m to refurbish the stadium, Bahati said finance is willing to work with the education ministry to ensure that funds are provided.