Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (left) hands over the land documents to FUFA President Moses Magogo at Kawolo Credit: FUFA Media

Sandwiched between the Kawolo Division headquarters, Uganda Prisons and the Uganda Railway reserve is a big chunk of land owned by the Kingdom of Buganda.

[/media-credit] Part of the Kawolo land that Buganda Kingdom donated to FUFA Credit:

Measuring 4.051 hectares (10 Acres), the land is located on Plot No. 262, Block 179 in Kawolo, Lugazi town in front of the Kawolo Division headquarters in Buikwe District.

On Tuesday,  April 10, 2018, the Prime Minister (Katikiro) of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga officially handed over the land title to a delegation from Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) led by the president Moses Magogo.

The donated land is part of the 49 Acres owned by the Kingdom in the same locality of which part is occupied by the Kawolo headquarters, the other by Uganda Prisons and the remainder owned by the Uganda Railways.

FUFA secured this land at the start of 2018 with the assistance of Buganda region delegate Joseph Mwanje before the crucial documentations took effect.

[/media-credit] Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga (left) hands over the land documents to FUFA President Moses Magogo at Kawolo Credit: FUFA Media

Flanked by the federation Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo received the land title from the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga at the Kawolo Division headquarters .

Mayiga speaking in eloquent luganda dialect remarked;

When FUFA requested for land to construct the stadium, we briefed the Kabaka (Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II) who blessed the request because it is a development promoting sports development

FUFA President who was accompanied by his two vice presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye saluted Buganda Kingdom for the kind gesture of granting the federation land where such a project can be executed.

Magogo noted;

FUFA has enjoyed good relations with the Buganda Kingdom since the days of Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa who was the first FUFA President in 1924. I am glad to be the president of the federation at a time such developments are taking place. I thank the Buganda Kingdom for the support by providing the land where the FUFA Stadium will be constructed. The project will last for five years and will be executed in phases. The project source of funding shall be majorly from FIFA as well as other partners and stake holders

[/media-credit] The laying of the foundation stone on the plot of land at Kawolo Credit: FUFA Media

FUFA was also ably represented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edgar Watson (CEO), his deputy Humphrey Mandu, Hamid Juma (Executive Committee member), Esther Musoke (marketing), Ahmed Hussein (communications), delegates and other support staff members.

The ceremony was also graced by the LC V Buikwe District Mathias Kigongo Ssendege, LC 3 Chairman – Emmanuel Kivumbi Bongole  Ssejjinja, Mayor Lugazi Municipality, Deogratius  Tumwesigye Mbabazi, Buikwe Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Fred Bamwine, Chairman Buikwe Football Association, Steven Mpiima Muzee, Buganda Region Football Association chairman Andrew Kaweesa, Ssekiboobo Benjamin Kigongo, Buganda sports officials Sulaiman Ssejjengo, Adam Ssematiko, Samuel Mpiima (also a delegate at the FUFA Assembly) among others.

At the moment, the land is being used for agriculture for at least another three months Credit: FUFA Media

At the moment the land is being used for agriculture by the area residents and the Prisons department.

According to the head of project, Justus Mugisha, the construction period will last for five (5) years, and will be executed in phases with training  grounds (two) part.

Once completed, the stadium will be used as the official home for Uganda Cranes.

Magogo assured the guests that Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) will be a key funder of this project.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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