Gulu District Considers Privatizing Pece Stadium

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Aldo Otto, the Gulu district sports officer attributes the rate of destruction at Pece stadium to lack of guards and assistants.

Gulu district is considering privatizing the management of Pece Stadium following its failure to run the facility. This comes at a time, when the stadium, which was built by the British in 1959, is being vandalized and misused. Aldo Otto, the Gulu district sports officer attributes the rate of destruction at Pece stadium to lack of guards and assistants. He says several people use the stadium and vandalize its facilities but don’t make up for the damage.
The perimeter wall of the stadium has collapsed on the left wing and has been replaced with iron sheets, the toilets of the stadium are non functional, which forces people to ease themselves in the pavilions and changing rooms. The pitch is bare as the grass dried up due to lack maintenance. Otto says both Gulu district and education ministry are considering repairing the stadium and tender it out to a private firm, which can manage it well.
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He says Gulu district is also going to employ two stadium guards and one stadium assistant to maintain the facility. Pece stadium contribute between 5 to7Million shillings annually in revenue collection. However, Otto says the money should be even more if the stadium is managed privately. He says that money they collect from hiring out the stadium is very little compared to the costs of renovation,
Otto says Gulu district is hunting for a developer who can expand Pece stadium into modern stadia to include facilities like swimming pools and indoor sports courts since they have sufficient land. James Obalo, the spokesperson Gulu United FC says that the district has totally failed to manage the stadium adding that, they should have given it to the private management way back.
He says for the last 10 years Pece stadium has been in a very bad shape and argues that a serious manager should be brought on board. He accuses Gulu district of getting money from get collection without thinking of renovating the facilities. Obalo also says that while searching for a private contractor to manage the stadium, emphasis should be put on the best proposals that will promote sports but also maintain the stadium.
Pece stadium used to have running water and Power but they were all disconnected. The stadium hosts a series of tournaments like the Uganda cup, district schools sports competition, international awareness and sports and activities among others.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.