Who are you insulting? UPDF tells off Magogo

The renovation of the Mandela national Stadium is taking long to complete.

Namboole Saga Who are you insulting? UPDF tells off Magogo

Fred Mwambu 13:02 - 27.04.2023

FUFA President Moses Magogo is calling for the government to terminate the contract with the UPDF and instead find an alternative abroad.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces have come out strongly against the words of Budiope East Member of Parliament and FUFA President Moses Magogo that they’re doing shoddy work at Namboole.

While appearing on NBS Sport on Wednesday, the army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye bitterly responded to Magogo's spat that there was no value for money, UPDF was incompetent for the job and that the contract should be terminated.

The UPDF were awarded the contract to renovate the stadium in February last year and according to the army, the project is expected to last three years until July 2023.

Deadline

The snail's pace left FUFA with no option than take the Uganda Cranes to Egypt to host Tanzania in an AFCON 2023 qualifier match the team lost 1-0.

Minister of State for Sports Peter Ogwang assured the country that the facility would be able to host the match day five fixture against Algeria in June.

However, the deadline for submission passed with FUFA, again, confirming that the match will be played in Cameroon.

Value for money

“Today 25th April, being the deadline for confirmation to CAF, FUFA has opted for Cameroon,” Magogo announced.

He did not stop at that as he fired a shot that hit the UPDF ranks the wrong side;

“…the work is so slow and insensitive to the cries of Ugandans despite MOFPED releasing the necessary funds over one year ago.

“The contractors (UPDF Engineering Brigade) and the Supervisors (Min of Works) do not have the necessary experience and expertise to undertake stadium construction.

“GoU should urgently cancel the contracts of the contractors and supervisors and immediately procure experienced service providers in stadium construction, even if it means being obtained from outside Uganda.

“We are likely to have a delayed project, substandard work, and without value for money,” he ranted.

Insult

First, Kulayigye defended the army’s work so far as he revealed that they are working with fewer funds but also told off the FUFA President.

“When you say that we (UPDF) don’t have the expertise to build a stadium, are we building it [from scratch or just repairing]?” he queried.

“We’ve received less funding but done all that work, who are you insulting?

“What is the basis of Magogo’s statements because he went there for sight-seeing but not evaluation?

We’ve done all that work yet we received only shs.28 billion of the shs.94 bn. Are you serious as a leader?

“We need him to provide his evidence and I can assure you that he will be questioned,” he summed it up.

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