The Observer (Kampala)

13 January 2013

Uganda: Nakivubo Set for Rehabilitation

Nakivubo stadium has passed this year's budget amounting to Shs 551m.

But according to Godfrey Mabirizi, the stadium's board chairman, the money isn't readily available, although he was sure they would attain it somehow to run their activities. The money, once secured, part of it would be used to buy a public address system. Previously, the stadium has been hiring a public address system whenever a function was taking place. In addition, they expect to purchase a stadium vehicle and get the stadium lights back on. Mabirizi said Umeme had disconnected them for unpaid electricity bills.

"I want the stadium at least to have a new look using its own money. We should be a better stadium by the end of the year if we get all the funds we need for our plans," he said.

Mabirizi, who replaced Godfrey Kisekka, said the stadium expects to raise money from its public parking spaces, billboards, the park-yard market, public toilets and others. Sadly, the stadium doesn't collect as much money from football as it did in the past. The KCC v Water FC match last week only saw 100 tickets sold at Shs 3,000. So, the stadium needs to widen its scope of revenue sources.

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