Members of Parliament on the Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises have tasked Lira Chief Administration Officer (CAO) Mark Tivu and Lira District Chief Engineer Hudson Omoko to present further evidence to the CID department at Parliament, regarding additional funds spent on works on the Akii-Bua Olympic stadium in Lira district.
The deputy chairperson of the Committee Hon. Anita Among (IND, Bukedea) noted that the witnesses had presented inconsistent evidence in comparison to the information which the committee had at hand.
Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports headed by the State Minister for Sports Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi, Lira District Local Government led by the CAO and officials from National Council of Sports; were meeting the MPs on the Committee to explain the source of funds allegedly paid for land compensation.
According to information received by the committee, Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports paid a sum of shs276 million to individuals in a bid to compensate them for their crops that would be destroyed to pave way for construction works on the stadium.
In response, Commissioner for Physical Education and Sports Lamex Omara Opita noted that the money for compensation was not part of the shs665 million disbursed for the project works adding that “… this money came along the same budget line of the Akii-Bua stadium project.”
The officials presented a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the MPs, made between the education Ministry and Lira District Local Government regarding the remittance, management and accountability of funds for the implementation of preliminary works at Akii-Bua Olympic stadium in Lira.
MPs also expressed concern that there were no architectural plans available for the project, which Lira District Chief Engineer Hudson Omoko said had not been availed to them by the Education Ministry.
Following the inconsistent evidence given by the officials to the MPs, Mbarara Municipality MP Hon. Michael Tusiime raised a point of procedure that the committee invokes rule 208 of the Parliamentary Rules and privileges to get concrete report on the issue with further investigation.