Poor State of Ntungamo Stadium Irks Leaders

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The Ntungamo LC V Vice Chairperson, Sakina Ampaire said the district leadership has already instructed a team led by the Chief Administrative Officer, Kweyamba Ruhemba to come up with a comprehensive report on the state of the stadium and how best to address the challenges at the facility.

 The poor state of Ntungamo stadium has drawn concern from the district authorities. Ntungamo stadium, which is located in Rubaare town council in Rushenyi County, is in a very bad shape. Part of the perimeter wall around the stadium has collapsed giving residents a chance to graze animals in the facility. 

The toilets have broken down completely. On Tuesday, Savimbi Muhumuza, the Itojo Sub county LC V councilor brought the issues of the stadium to Ntungamo district council chaired by the speaker, Elijah Atuhaire.

  
Muhumuza accused the district of abandoning the stadium, saying it is now a ghost of what is used to be. He proposed that the district enters into a memorandum of understanding with Rubaare town council to save the facility from further deterioration.

  
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Danison Twinomujuni, the Bwongyera sub county LC V councilor, said the situation at the stadium is alarming. He also said the stadium has become a safe haven for thieves and idlers. The Speaker, Elijah Atuhaire noted that the stadium, which was once the pride of Ntungamo district, has gone to the dogs. He called for immediate action to restore the facility.
 
 
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The Ntungamo LC V Vice Chairperson, Sakina Ampaire said the district leadership has already instructed a team led by the Chief Administrative Officer, Kweyamba Ruhemba to come up with a comprehensive report on the state of the stadium and how best to address the challenges at the facility.
 
 
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Ntungamo stadium is not only the only sports facility in the country that has been left to waste away. Other stadiums like Kakyeka in Mbarara, King George in Tororo, Mbale municipal stadium, Bugembe stadium and Kabale municipal stadium are not any better.

 
The Education and Sports Ministry has repeatedly promised to rehabilitate the stadiums in vain.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.