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Gulu Archdiocese Offers Land for Construction of Lokech Memorial Stadium


The Gulu Catholic Archdiocese has offered eight acres of land to Agago District Local Government for the construction of the proposed Lt Gen Paul Lokech memorial stadium.

The stadium is in honour of the former Deputy Inspector General of Police who passed away in August last year due to blood clot.

During his burial, leaders in Acholi Sub-region made 12 resolutions in honour of Gen Lokech including the construction of a modern stadium at Ajali-anyena, in Agago District.

Early this week, Ms Susan Akany, the Agago Resident District Commissioner, said the district had already started clearing the land in preparation for the development.

“It is true there is some land which has been allocated to that effect and bush clearing has already started. Although there are no funds [allocated] for that, we hope that by preparing the grounds, developers will soon be attracted,” Ms Akany said.

She said the land is part of Ajali Anyena Primary School, which is founded by the Catholic Church.

Although initial plans agreed in 2017 were to build a girls’ school and a church on the same land, it recently changed to prioritise the construction of the memorial stadium.

According to Baptist Olanya, the Chairperson Ajali Anyena School Management Committee, the district has been already given Shs20m to start clearing the area for the stadium, drawing a master plan and goal post for the stadium among others.

The stadium which will be constructed in phases is planned to have a parking yard for 100 vehicles, a running track, a football pitch, a netball court, a basketball court, a swimming pool, and a volleyball court, among others.

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