By Thomas Odongo
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza on Thursday ordered National Council of Sports (NCS) to revoke their contract with Prophet Elvis Mbonye of ZOE Fellowship Ministries over the ‘inappropriate’ use of Lugogo Cricket Oval with immediate effect.
In a letter dated June 5th, the IGG notes that NCS must also be reviewed after hiring out the Jinja-Road based oval to Prophet Mbonye.
The letter is copied to First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni.
In her letter, the IGG notes that several stakeholders have lodged complaints against NCS' decision.
According to the IGG, the Council acted outside their mandate.
''The Lugogo Oval was irregularly contracted...It was also alleged that the grounds had been contracted out without due regard to legal requirements for procurement and disposal of public assets,'' part of the letter reads.
She also adds that the Lugogo Cricket Oval was 'given away' with unclear motives to the detriment and prejudice of the grounds and activities of cricket in Uganda.
IGG in her letter also notes that her office will commence on a review of the process of how NCS operates.
The IGG has advised Mbonye and his team to get another venue for their prayer meetings unlike cricket that must be played in the oval.
Earlier on, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) who have been using the oval since 1966 alleged that the implementation of the terms of the contract had stifled the activities of various cricket activities of some cricket teams and it had been a bottleneck for them to smoothly organize tournaments.
The UCA acting Chief Executive Officer Martin Ondeko welcomes the IGG's move, saying government cares about sports.
''We are very glad about this move by the IGG because we are ready to do anything to preserve the oval. We are delighted with the IGG for the good move and it is seriously a sign that government loves sports in this country,'' a very excited Ondeko noted.