Uproar as Mbale town authorities rent stadium for trade fair :: Uganda Radionetwork

Uthman Mugoya, the vice-president of Mbale Heroes FC wonders why the city council authorities have decided to rent a stadium whose grass is only growing. “We warn the organizers to stay away from the stadium, we will not sit and watch when the stadium is damaged,” he said.

The decision of Mbale Industrial Division City authorities to lease the Mbale City Stadium to host the Eastern Region Trade Fair sparked an outcry from some of the leaders, officials athletes and residents.

Municipal authorities of Mbale Industrial Division have leased the facilities to M3k3 Trade Show Mobile Business Association and Prime Parties Uganda Limited to host the show, which is scheduled to run from 1-10 July 2022.

However, the decision to rent the facility from which the newly planted grass grows did not sit well with many people. Those who oppose the move say before their intervention led by Mbale City MP Connie Nakayenze Galiwango to replant grass in the stadium, it was in very poor condition.

They argue that allowing the trade fair which is likely to draw huge crowds and thus destroy the grass, will frustrate their efforts. Protesters have vowed not to allow the show to be held in the stadium on July 1, 2022.

Uthman Mugoya, the vice-president of Mbale Heroes FC wonders why the city council authorities have decided to rent a stadium whose grass is only growing. “We warn the organizers to stay away from the stadium, we will not sit and watch when the stadium is damaged,” he said.

Mbale City President Miriam Nambuya and her deputy Abdullah Magambo accuse some of the city council officials of renting the stadium and pocketing the money for their selfish interests. “Some officials are renting the stadium to host several functions but no responsibility for money. They recently received some money from MTN, but no one knows where it went, but the stadium lacks toilets, water and sanitation. ‘electricity,” Magambo said.

Abdallah Kayiwa, the president of the Mbale city referees, said the city authorities just watched when the stadium was in poor condition. He calls on them to rethink their position on hosting the show in the stadium.

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Magidu Buyinza, the president of the Mbale Football Federation, says whoever wants to welcome commerce to the stadium wants to satisfy his own interests and does not feel for the sport in the city. He says the fair can take place at Mbale Secondary School or at the cricket grounds, noting that Mbale City Stadium is the only sports facility that can host international matches.

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Connie Nakayenze Galiwango, the MP for Mbale City Woman who spearheaded the replanting of grass at the stadium, has called on the city authorities not to host the show at the facility. She notes that this decision will be an abuse for the people who have made efforts to green the stadium.

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Ali Madoi, the manager of Mbale City Stadium, says the facility has not had any repairs since 2005, when the then city authorities decided to hold trade shows there. According to Madoi, he is never consulted on matters concerning the operation of the establishment. He explains that he was only contacted by the deputy town clerk of Mbale to inform him about the trade fair.

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Francis Kakoza, one of the organizers of the show, said that “nobody will prevent us from hosting the show in the stadium. The town hall has authorized us. We have injected a lot of money into advertisements”.

Muhamood Masaba, Division Mayor of Mbale Industrial City, said the stadium is owned by the Division and they have allowed trading to take place there. “We have authorized the fair to be held in the stadium.

No one will stop the show. Our stadium management committee will work closely with the organizers to make sure everything runs smoothly,” he said.

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Yusuf Wamara Murami, chairman of the Mbale industrial city division finance committee, told Uganda Radio Network that no money had been deposited in the stadium account.

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