Copa Coca Cola Tournament Organisers Yet to Secure Venue

A row has erupted between Kigezi High School and Kabale Municipality over the refusal by the municipality to grant access to the municipal main stadium ahead of the Copa Coca Cola competitions which are to be hosted by the school.

The municipality accuses the Copa Coca Cola organisers of failing to pay 500,000 shillings to the municipality for use of the stadium.

Kigezi High School is hosting this year’s Copa Coca Cola final competitions which will start 6th of May and will attract 60 schools from different regions of Uganda.

Schools start reporting for the competitions on the 4th of May 2012.

But just few days to the competition, the organizers are yet to agree on the venue where the first match of the tournament will be played.

Benon Twinomujuni, the head teacher Kigezi High school, says that he has on several occasions tried to come to an understanding with the municipal authorities on the stadium with no successs. The authorities insist that the organisers must first pay for the stadium.

Twinomujuni says that the sponsors of the tournament Coca Cola insist they do not pay for the use of stadiums during the tournament.

Twinomujuni hopes that Kabale local government can come round and agree to host the tournament because it benefits all the people of Kabale and their sports.

Twinomujuni argues that it is tradition for districts to provide the sports facilities free of charge and wonders why Kabale wants to abandon that communal attitude.

Kabale Municipal Town clerk Augustine Bujaara rubbishes the tournament organisers arguments.

Bujaara says that the municipality spends a lot of money servicing the stadium whenever it hosts such activities and it needs to generate money to continue to do so.

Bujaara says that the municipality has actually lowered the cost in consideration of the fact that the tournament fosters communal spirit. He reveals that usually the municipality charges 1.5 million shillings to use the facility. He says the 500, 000 shillings the municipality is asking is fair.

The 2013 edition of the Copa Coca Cola tournament has been dogged by controversy with incidents of hooliganism and abandoned matches. The Soroti district leg of the tournament even saw allegations of match fixing.

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