By Allan Damba
Officials from the Arua City Development Forum (ACDF) have called for the suspension of the construction of the multi-billion Arua Hill Stadium over safety concerns.
ACDF who over see much of the major development and construction works in the newly crowned Arua City also want to have a major review of the contractors, Development Infrastructure and some of its staff and workers.
The facility which will hold a capacity of 20000 once complete has caused concern over its long term safety after a section of the stadium’s roof collapsed on Wednesday shortly after it had been constructed.
Initial reports from the stadium contractors indicated that there was a fault from the workers after they prematurely removed the cantilever before it had reached maturity.
Speaking to local radio Pacis FM, ACDF representative Draecabo Trinity Caesar put the blame on the contractors (Development Infrastructure) for the abysmal work and called for immediate suspension of further construction.
“Following the recent incident in which about eight meters of a cantilever broke down, Arua City Development Forum is now calling for a temporary suspension of the Arua Hill Stadium Project to allow verification of workers,” Draecabo said.
The facility which will be the largest in the West Nile region is expected to house shopping units, restaurants, showrooms, a guest house, parking, and banks.
Once completed, Arua Hill Stadium is expected to be a home ground to second division side Arua Hill FC
Property mogul, Development Infrastructure and Arua Hill football club owner Jaffer Joel A’ita will own the facility for 49 years before council can take over.
It remains unclear whether the stadium will be opened as per the December 2021 schedule.