Soroti Municipal Stadium Rehabilitation Kicks off Amidst Protests Top story

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Sam Odongo, a resident of Akisim estate in Soroti Municipality, says Soroti Municipal Council has not explained to them what is going on at the stadium.

The rehabilitation of Soroti Municipal Council Stadium has kicked off amidst suspicion that it has been sold off to investors.





 
The rehabilitation, which shall be done in phases, is aimed at giving a major face lift to the facility to march standards set by the Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA. 






Ben Boham Okiror, the Spokesperson of the Eastern Legends Corporate Club that is spearheading the rehabilitation works, says their intervention is timely basing on the recent disappointment when FUFA declined to approve the stadium as the home ground for Light SS Football Club.


 

He says FUFA tasked Light SS Football Club to shift its big league games from Soroti Municipal Stadium to Amuria district, which has a fair playing field.




 
Okiror says they are targeting to raise Shillings 400 million to restore the stadium and put on the map to host national and international games.





He denied rumors circulating in Soroti town that they have intention of grabbing the stadium.
 





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According to the MOU between Soroti Municipality and the Legends, the rehabilitation will include the construction of a pavilion for VIPs, perimeter fence to guard against erratic fans, toilets, changing rooms and parking spaces. 




However, some of the resident claims that the stadium has been sold to Eastern Legends Corporate Club.



Sam Odongo, a resident of Akisim estate in Soroti Municipality, says Soroti Municipal Council has not explained to them what is going on at the stadium.



Odongo suspects that the stadium could have been sold off to investors for other developments other than the initial agenda of promoting sports especially football.



"It's hard to believe whatever is going on at our stadium because so many people in our society have become dubious," Odongo said. 
 


Harriet Akwii, a resident of Jumabhai road in Soroti Town likened what is going on to the recent sale of Arrow Square land opposite Pioneer primary school to investors.  



But Paul Omer, the Mayor Soroti Municipality, says they signed an MoU with Eastern Legends Corporate Club to do some rehabilitation works at the facility.  




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Omer calls on residents to support the development, saying it is for the best of sports.  




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