Ahead of the 2019 Net ball world cup, a group of Members of Parliament have lashed out at Government for abandoning the sports sector questioning why funds for international tournaments always come as last resort after Parliament has been bombarded by petitions.
The issue was raised on the floor of Parliament by Hon. Ssemujju Nganda who questioned why the government intends to manage the sector by handouts.
He said: “We have just passed the budget for the next financial year what the Ministry of Education calls sports the entire budget is Shs19Bn last week we were here speaking about Uganda Cranes. I would like to know whether it is the policy of this government is going to be handled in handouts. Don’t you think you need to invest and don’t handle these issues as they happen?”
Hon. Nganda’s remarks follow concerns raised by Margaret Rwabashaija the worker’s MP representative who was forced to explain how prepared Uganda is ahead of the 2019 World Cup Netball games scheduled to take place in Liverpool-England between 12th-21st July 2019.
The Kasese Woman Member of Parliament Winnie Kizza also decided to weigh in on the issue at hand wondering why Government has failed to put an emphasis sports investing yet this is a great avenue for Uganda’s tourism sector.
She said: “When our teams go out to play, they market our country. What hurts me is that we haven’t given sports the adequate attention it deserves. We have on many occasions facilitated teams from our salaries and MPs aren’t happy that our contribution isn’t captured in the budget. President drummed for Cranes and didn’t make mention of She Cranes who are in the camp and were informed money was approved only delivery that is waiting. Is it going to be the order of the day when the national team is going out that is when you come in?”
However much as Sports is a great avenue for tourism industry of Uganda, The NRM for 33 years has been saying plans to invest into the avenue are underway, the last time we saw a newly built stadium was the John Akibua stadium whose funds had been stolen and built a shed to account for the billions .
Governement in defence through the State minister for planning, David Bahati noted that plans are underway to secure funding for the She Cranes and assured Parliament that the team will take part in the games.
“Sports is core agenda of NRM we have supported sports despite the difficulties. Some of these teams have been coming when we aren’t ready. Yes, they are going to participate. Give the Executive some time to sort out this matter. Our team is going out on the 12th of July,” he said.