Members of Parliament have this afternoon tasked government on the closure of Nakivubo stadium ahead of the Uganda Cranes football team training.
The MPs say that the stadium is going to be used next week by the National team- Uganda Cranes for training as the players prepare for their last game in their group for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Uganda Revenue Authority-URA yesterday closed off Nakivubo Stadium over accumulated tax arrears amounting to Shillings 484 million. According to Abdusallam Waiswa, the URA Debt Manager, the tax arrears date back from 2013 up to date.
Makindye West MP and Shadow minister for Sports Allan Ssewanyana raised the issue as a matter of national importance requesting government’s intervention on the matter.
MP Ssewanyana told parliament that the closure of Nakivubo has affected a sports tournament of “Ebika byabaganda” which was on going. He also noted that the same closure also affected training of youths who play for six clubs.
He questioned the government side on how far it had gone in ensuring the re-opening of the stadium.
In the same vein, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi revealed that this was not the first time the Nakivubo matter was coming on the floor of Parliament.
He cited a select committee that was set up during the Ninth parliament to explore issues to do with national stadiums but no response has since been provided.
The minister for Kampala, Betty Kamya pledged to come up with a position on the matter tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Ajuri County MP Hamson Obua also tasked Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on how much government has earmarked in support and preparation for the Uganda Cranes.
This was during the Prime Minister’s question time in the afternoon plenary session.
Premier Ruhakana Rugunda said that government will do all that is possible to support the Uganda Cranes to ensure success.