Education ministry commissioner handed over to CID police

By Alice Lubwama

The commissioner for physical education and sports in the ministry of education and sports Apitta Omara has been handed over to  CID police at parliament  for further questioning  on orders of the parliamentary
committee of Commissions and statutory  authorities  chaired  by Bukedea woman MP Anita Among  over the mismanagement  of 665 million shillings  that was meant for the construction of  Akii-Bua Memorial
Stadium in Lira district was used.

Omara has been appearing before committee to explain his role in the shadow works at stadium whose construction kicked off in 2015.

The committee investigations into the comes after Members of Parliament from Lango sub region petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over the stalled construction of Akii-Bua Memorial Stadium

Members of Parliament on the committee chaired by Bukedea woman MP Anita Among observe that the procurement procedures for the contractor was not followed as provided in the PPDA act.

The Members first grilled Omara on why he never involved National Council of sports in the procurement process yet it has the mandate to develop sports in the country of which he admitted, and said he instead signed a memorandum of Understanding with Lira district local government which has no capacity to handle the work.

He also noted that the money was used to put up a temporary structure, forcing Usuk county MP Peter Ogwang to move a motion which handled him to CID police accusing him of failing a project in the very region he comes from.

The committee chairperson Anita Among has directed Omara to hand overall the documents regarding Akibua stadium including the land title, progress report, the MOU with Lira district local government among

A tune of 1.2bn shillings was put aside for this entire project in the 2015/16 budget.