By Steven Ainganiza
President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that government has embarked on the construction of the regional /zonal stadiums with the aim of promoting talents of the youth in the country.
Mr. Museveni disclosed this while launching the construction of a Shs11B Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal, Kabarole district on Saturday.
The mega project brought smiles and hope to the youth who have been lamenting on the poor state of the playground.
The President said the NRM government had prioritized other sectors like security, roads infrastructure, water, electricity, IT, schools, hospitals and the railway line construction but now that the youth have shown interest to develop their talents through sports like football, Government will construct 16 modern zonal stadiums.
According to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces' Engineering Brigade, President Museveni said a stadium like Buhinga can cost Shs6B instead of Shs9-11B.
“Similar stadia will be built in Bunyoro, Ankole and Kigezi, each to cost Shs6B. The stadia come with extras of a tennis court, hotel facility and other hospitality facilities,” said the President.
He added that this is not a huge amount totaling to 110Bn to construct 16 stadiums countrywide in a short period.
Hon. Tom Butime the Local Government Minister said when the stadium and other facilities like modern hotels, bars and lodges are constructed near the town, the idea of Fort Portal being a tourism city will become a reality.
Richard Rwabuhinga, Kabarole District Chairman noted that once the stadium is constructed, it will enable youth develop their talents hence solving unemployment, boost business and attract more tourists.
Currently, the stadium which has hosted several national and regional tournaments like the East African Secondary School games, Copa Coca Cola football tournament and Zone XI soccer tournament among others, is in an appalling state which has been an embarrassment to the district.
According to the plan seen by Kampala Post, a 30,000-seater stadium will be constructed including a perimeter wall, a pavilion, dressing rooms and modern toilets.