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Political Activist Clinton Ampaire Criticizes Speaker’s Focus on Events Over Sustainable Development

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Political Activist Clinton Ampaire Criticizes Speaker’s Focus on Events Over Sustainable Development

Kampala, 16th May 2024 – In response to recent parliamentary submissions, political activist Clinton Ampaire has voiced strong objections to the Speaker’s emphasis on hosting international sports events as a strategy for national development. “I would like to bring to your attention that while Uganda is set to host the 2024 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) and the 2027 AFCON games, there is still a lot of work to be done,” Ampaire stated. “This includes physical upgrades to the stadiums and timely payment of commitment fees to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).”
Speaker’s Focus on Events Over Sustainable Development
Ampaire argues that the focus on these high-profile events often overshadows more pressing developmental needs. Previous allegations have surfaced accusing government officials of prioritizing short-term gains and the prestige of hosting international events over long-term, sustainable improvements for the country. Critics point out that this pattern diverts essential resources from critical sectors such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure, which require continuous investment beyond the fleeting spotlight of international tournaments.

Today’s Order Paper will feature the Supplementary Schedule No. 3 and Corrigendum to the Budget Estimates, which include proposed budget allocations for upgrading stadiums and meeting CAF’s financial requirements. This move, while necessary for hosting the events, has sparked debate over the best use of public funds in addressing Uganda’s broader developmental challenges.

“While the excitement of hosting CHAN and AFCON is understandable, we must not lose sight of the foundational issues that impact the everyday lives of Ugandans,” Ampaire emphasized. “Real development is about improving the quality of life for all citizens, not just creating temporary showcases for the international community.”

Ampaire urges the government to strike a balance between enhancing Uganda’s profile through such events and making enduring investments that will benefit the country in the long run.

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