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Penninah Aligawesa Kabenge, the head of the Local Organising Committee, says due to limited funding and the remaining time they have decided to construct a 1500 seater capacity facility at Shillings 3.5 billion.

Makerere University is scaling down on its preparations for the World University Netball Championships scheduled for September this year citing the short time remaining.
 
 
Apart from leveling the ground earmarked to host the 5000 seater indoor stadium between Mitchell and Nkrumah Halls, there is nothing to show.
 
 
Penninah Aligawesa Kabenge, the head of the Local Organising Committee, says due to limited funding and the remaining time they have decided to construct a 1500 seater capacity facility at Shillings 3.5 billion.
 
 
According to Kabenge, the construction work is scheduled to start in July and ends in August, adding that the hosts will try out the facility in early September. Kabenge is optimistic that the facility will be ready by the time of the games.
 
 
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However, some students interviewed by URN are uncertain whether the facility will be ready by September. Gerald Oyeki, a student in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences - CAES, says it will be embarrassing for the university if the facility isn't completed in time.

 
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Derrick Obedgiu, a Bachelor of Education finalist shares the same sentiments. According to Obedgiu, as far as he is concerned there is no serious work on the ground.

 
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But Eng. Christina Kakeeto, the Estates and Works Director Makerere University, says the facility will be ready by September. 

 
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Ibrahim Mwagalwa, a 2nd year student of Education believes Makerere University has the capacity to pull off the event and looks forward to the opportunities it presents. 
 

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Makerere won the bid to host the 3rd Edition of the World University Netball Championship 2018 in collaboration with the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS) last year.

 
12 teams from Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Singapore, USA, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Australia, Barbados, Zimbabwe and hosts Uganda have confirmed participation.
 

The Local Organising Committee entered a partnership with Imperial Group of Hotels to provide to 400 cartons of water and internal transport for the participants.


Lugogo Facility Ruled Out
 

According to Kabenge, they have opted to use the MTN Arena at Lugogo, but it was rejected by the visiting team.

 
 "We are doing our best. The visiting team was not happy with Lugogo so we are really working on having something acceptable and I think the most important thing is to have the basic facilities required and we are still committed," Kabege said.
 
Upon completion, the indoor facility will become Uganda's biggest indoor facility second to the MTN Arena in Lugogo, which has a 700 seater capacity.

 

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Davidson Ndyabahika
Davidson Ndyabahika is a Journalism major from Makerere University and is passionate about investigative and data journalism with special interest in feature story telling.

He has gone through digital and multi-media training both at Ultimate Multimedia Consult, and has attended Data Journalism Sessions at ACME to enrich his capacity in data journalism.

Davidson has previously freelanced with The Campus Times, The Observer, Chimp reports and URN. He is currently reporting under Education. He is also passionate about reporting on environment, health, crime and political satire writing.

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