March 4, 2024

Gov’t of Uganda to be dragged to Court of Arbitration for sports over Akii Bua Stadium construction

By Bonny Otim Ogwal (bonny.otim@vol.co.ug)

Lira

A group calling itself “Ger Akii Bua pi AFCON 2027” has threatened to drag Uganda, National Council of Sports and FUFA to the Court of Arbitration for sports, over failure to construct Akiibua stadium.

At a press conference held at Grand Pacific Hotel, Lira city to launch collection of signatures to petition Confederation for African Football-CAF and government to show dissatisfaction with exclusion of AkiiBua stadium for construction and hosting AFCON, the group said they will not tolerate anything else apart from construction of Akii-Bua stadium to host AFCON 2027.

Issa Otto Amiza who heads another group called ‘Build Akiibua for AFCON 2027 said they want CAF to review the Pamoja bid that gave Uganda and other east African countries rights to host AFCON 2027 and to ensure government of Uganda constructs  Akii Bua stadium.

Otoo who doubles as former as Oyam south MP said once government fails to construct Akii Bua stadium, Uganda should also not host AFCON.

Denis Obic Awio Ngec-Ngeny on his part wondered why government included Akii Bua stadium construction in its plans but later when CAF approved the same, government backtracked on its early plans.

Sarah Awor Angweri the workers councilor of Lira City said the petition is meant to expose government of Uganda for maliciously excluding Akii Bua stadium from hosting AFCON.

Moses Mawa said he got reports that there is a group of people who want to misuse Akii Bua construction funds and will show another stadium for it.

Mawa also wonders why President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has not scheduled a meeting with Lango MPs on the matter.

The spokesperson, Pamoja Bid, Rogers Mulindwa could not be reached for comments as his phone was switched off.