Commissioner in Trouble Over Akii-bua Stadium Funds

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According to the MPs, Lira district executed a shoddy job by constructing a temporary shade and pit latrine using the disbursed funds.

Lamex Apitta Omara, the Commissioner Physical education under the Education and Sports Ministry is in trouble over Shillings 665m meant for the construction of Akii-bua stadium.

The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise-COSASE handed over the Commissioner to police this morning for interrogations.

 
It came after the Commissioner appeared before the committee with a team of officials from Ministry of Education and National Council of Sports in response to complaints from legislators from Lango region about the alleged mismanagement of funds allocated for the construction of the stadium.

 

In 2008, President Museveni pledged to build a modern Stadium in memory of the late John Akii Bua, Uganda's first Olympic gold medalist. Lira district local government subsequently allocated 12-acres of land in Erute village to host the Stadium.


To date, only a 200-seater pavilion and a pit latrine have been erected at the new site worth over Shillings 600 million disbursed by government.  While appearing before COSASE alongside MPs from Lango, the committee faulted Lamex Apitta Omara for alleged failure to involve the National Council of Sports in the construction of the facility.
 
 
He was also faulted for allegedly giving a waiver of the tendering process of the construction of the stadium, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Lira district leading to shoddy works and failure to supervise and monitor the project to revamp the stadium.



According to the MPs, Lira district executed a shoddy job by constructing a temporary shade and pit latrine using the disbursed funds. 

However, Omara tried to defend himself, saying Lira district Local Government, which did the work should be held accountable.

 

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However, Peter Ogwang, the Usuk county MP couldn't have any of this. He said the commissioner who also hails from Lira district failed to do his work and moved a motion for his arrest.


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The Committee Vice Chair, Anita Among, who chaired the committee directed the Criminal Investigation Department of Parliament to arrest Omara and investigate the matter of the stadium.
 


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The CID led Omara outside of the Committee to record a statement.

 

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