By Michael Nsubuga
THE new structure under construction at Nakivubo stadium will not affect the stadium’s capacity to host international matches, according to the facility’s spokesman Fred Kateregga.
The perimeter wall repairs behind the Kirussia stand that boarders the Parkyard market will soon be replaced by a storied structure that will house over 100 lock-up shops. Work is expected to be completed within a month from now.
The structure which will act as a perimeter wall and has eaten into the stadium’s land has been designed with space for business as one way of enforcing the idea of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) that has been urged by government in order to develop the 90-year old facility.
According to Kateregga, the ‘temporary’ development by Ham Enterprises will also give birth to a basketball court and a covered stand for the netball court on completion.
“We decided to enter into a partnership because we did not have enough money to repair the dilapidated wall yet people were blaming us for not developing the stadium,” Kateregga argued.
Although the new structure appears permanent, Kateregga explains that the over sh400m development is temporary and can later be demolished in future, after the ‘investor’ has recovered his money and/or if government comes up with a better plan for the facility.
On the opposite side, new lock up shops have been set up on the stadium’s wall along Kafumbe Mukasa Road with general merchandise, restaurants and toilet business booming around the stadium that was built in 1921.
However the latest development at the stadium is likely to be condemned by world soccer governing body FIFA.
Nakivubo board insists the stadium is still safe despite the works around it. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
FIFA calls for safety measures controlling the amount of activities around major venues. This is supposed to pave way for easy evacuation in case of emergencies.
The core activity for the stadium is sports but revenue from these activities can no longer maintain the facility according to the board which has seen them turn to parking and other businesses around the stadium in order to maintain it.
Public Private Partnerships are an alternative way of financing, procuring, and managing infrastructure projects to traditional government procurement.
A PPP is a long-term contract between a government entity and a private company for providing or contributing to the provision of a public service.
A PPP under this policy could take a variety of contractual forms, such as build-transfer-operate (BTO), build-operate-transfer (BOT), concession, or lease.
In March 2013, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) closed Nakivubo War 11 Memorial stadium after management defaulted on sh388m in tax remittances.