The terrible state of the road network in Kapchorwa town, and lack of an environment impact assessment report (EIAR) are undermining the start of work at the National High Altitude Training Centre at Teryet.
The centre, renamed the Stephen Kiprotich Training Centre in honour of the London 2012 Olympic and Moscow 2013 World Athletics marathon champion, is supposed to be completed next year.
However, during the project's third steering committee meeting held at Embassy House last Friday, there were fears among stakeholders that the project might be delayed for much longer if a 12km road and EIAR are not finalised soon.
ID Forum and Yang Ma officials, the proffesional experts supposed to undertake the architectural designs and consultancy works on the project together with Rocktrust Contractors, were all complaining.
"We have to push vehicles across and at times, we leave them down and climb the steep hill because the roads are impassable. The materials we have to use cannot reach the site. Something has to be done urgently," said ID Forum's Jasper Kamukama.
"We have to ensure that this project moves on and everyone who has a duty to perform should do it in the expected time," said Dr. Yusuf Nsubuga.
Nsubuga, representing the Permanent Secretary chaired the meeting that had officials from Kapchorwa, the ministry of Education and Sports and the different representatives from sports federations.
Yang Ma's Detlef Jobke displayed plans which had adjustments that included Villas, a stand for 300 spectators, dressing rooms, swimming pool, physiotherapy and referees' rooms. Lanes on the main running track have also been increased from three to six. There is also an artificial pitch and a natural grass pitch.
"There were earlier buildings expected but after consulting the international federations, we had to make some changes to suit the international standards," said Jobke as he made an over 30 minutes presentation of the architectural plans.
However, there were complaints from politicians in Kapchorwa, who wanted the project to become a fully-fledged competition stadium.
But it was observed that it is quite difficult to have competitions at 2600m above sea level.
"We do not want to delay the project. Let us do all we have to do in time so that we have little resistance of the project," NEMA representative Festus Bagola stated.