State of Kabale Stadium Angers Sports Fans

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In short
Sports fans are faulting Kabale Municipal authorities for neglecting the rehabilitation of Kabale stadium. The stadium which is located along Bwankosa Road in Central Division is the biggest sports facility in Kigezi region. However, it is now in a poor state with dysfunctional toilet facilities, broken gates and no electricity.

Sports fans are faulting Kabale Municipal authorities for neglecting the rehabilitation of Kabale stadium.

The stadium which is located along Bwankosa Road in Central Division is the biggest sports facility in Kigezi region. However, it is now in a poor state with dysfunctional toilet facilities, broken gates and no electricity.

The stadium has also turned into a safe haven for criminals and marijuana smokers. Sports fans say that Kabale Municipal Council has done little to rennovate the stadium.

Owen Tumuhimbise, the Director for Sharp football club based in Kabale town says that failure by Kabale Municipal Council to replace the stadium's broken main gates has led trespassers to defecate in it. Tumuhimbise also says that marijuana smokers who are always in the stadium scare away players who go there for training especially in the evening.

Swizen Niwagaba, the Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA delegate for Kabale District, says that Kabale Municipal Council should tender out the stadium for easy management since it has failed to manage it.

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Sam Arinaitwe, the Chairperson for Central Division admits that the council has abandoned the stadium. Arinaitwe says that they are looking for all ways of rehabilitating the stadium especially replacing the old gates.

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Sentaro Emmanuel Byamugisha, the Mayor for Kabale Municipality, says the municipal council is in the process of renovating the toilets within the stadium. 

Byamugisha says that they are also planning to handover the toilets after renovating the to a tenderer as a way of generating revenue so that people pay before using the facility.

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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.