Nakivubo Stadium Closed Over Unpaid Debts

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The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has this morning closed Nakivubo Stadium over accumulated debts. In a communication, URA said that Uganda’s oldest stadium had been closed till debts amounting to 385 million shillings are paid.

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has this morning closed Nakivubo Stadium over accumulated debts.

In a communication, URA said that Uganda’s oldest stadium had been closed till debts amounting to 385 million shillings are paid. URA says it gave Nakivubo Stadium management to clear the tax in 12 monthly installments but 10 of their 12 cheques bounced.

Although URA says the debt dates back to October 2010, the Nakivubo Stadium manager, Ivan Lubega told Uganda Radio Network that it actually dates back to 2000. Lubega said he inherited a debt of 280 million shillings as the old management was not submitting 18% on Value Added Tax (VAT) returns.

Lubega said since they came in office they have put everything in order and have been trying to clear the date, but the tax body had instead included penalties and interest which makes the figure come to 360 million.

The Stadium manager also said since Nakivubo Stadium is also a government entity, they are trying to work out modalities on how to pay slowly as the Stadium is re-opened.

When contacted for comment, Eng Godfrey Mabirizi, the Nakivubo Stadium Board Chairman said he was not aware of the closure and referred URN back to the manager.

In 2009 there was controversy when the Stadium management turned part of its land into a bus terminal. The two-acre piece of land, located behind the stadium’s open stand locally known as Kirussia, was rented out to Allied Bus Owners Association. But the grading on the piece of land was stopped after public outcry.

With the current closure of the Stadium, former Board chairmen like Godfery Kisekka and Abbas Kawaase could be called in to answer some questions why the 18% VAT from the Stadium collections was not being remitted in the past.