Earlier today, a delegation from Namibia, led by the Deputy-Prime Minister, Hon Dr. Nandi Ndaitwah Netumbo, and accompanied by H.E Hon Godfrey Kirumira, the Uganda-Namibia ambassador, visited the Hamz Stadium at Nakivubo War Memorial Grounds. The purpose of the visit was to explore the remarkable achievements of Hamis Kiggundu in the construction of an advanced world-class stadium in Uganda.
The Namibian leader was deeply impressed by Mr. Kiggundu’s accomplishments and extended an invitation for him to replicate his success in Namibia. Dr. Ndaitwah expressed her admiration for the Nakivubo stadium project and conveyed her satisfaction by inviting the businessman to undertake a similar project in the Southern African nation.
In response, Kiggundu confirmed the invitation through a tweet, stating, “It was such a pleasure hosting Hon Dr Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the first female Namibian president in waiting…she was so impressed by Nakivubo stadium project and invited me to do the same in Namibia.”
Table 1: Key Participants in the Delegation
|Hon Dr. Nandi Ndaitwah Netumbo
|Deputy-Prime Minister of Namibia
|H.E Hon Godfrey Kirumira
Mr. Kiggundu, known for his commitment to utilizing African resources from financing to engineering, constructed the Nakivubo stadium with purely African input, showcasing the continent’s capability in self-driven development.
The proposed stadium in Namibia, set to host matches for AFCON 2027, is designed with comprehensive amenities. It includes ample parking, modern gyms, training facilities, offices, and a health facility for immediate medical attention. Additionally, the stadium features a modern basketball court, netball court, a boxing ring, and first-class sitting areas catering to VVIP, VIP, and ordinary spectators. Accommodation for players and delegates is also provided on-site.
Table 2: Amenities in the Proposed Stadium
|Sufficient parking space for attendees
|State-of-the-art fitness facilities
|Dedicated spaces for athlete training
|Administrative spaces for stadium operations
|Equipped for first aid and basic medical attention
|Modern facility for basketball enthusiasts
|Specialized court for netball matches
|A dedicated area for boxing matches
|VVIP, VIP, and ordinary seating arrangements
|Hostels for Players and Delegates
|Accommodation facilities on-site for participants
The stadium boasts a standard-size football pitch approved by a Confederation of African Football team, ensuring compliance with international standards. The approval process was completed recently, paving the way for AFCON 2027 matches to be hosted at the venue.
In reflecting on this development, Mr Hammis explained that it becomes evident that Africans have the potential to contribute significantly to the development of their continent.
It was such a pleasure hosting Hon Dr Netumbo Nandi -Ndaitwah the first female Nambian president in waiting ….she was so impressed by Nakivubo stadium project and invited me to do the same in Namibia pic.twitter.com/1YcTV4NQ9e
— Hamis Kiggundu (@KiggunduHamis) January 20, 2024