IGG orders ‘prophet’ Mbonye out of Cricket Oval

DAILYNEWS UG: The inspector general of government, Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza has directed the National Council of Sports (NCS) to suspend their contract with ‘prophet’ Elvis Mbonye’s ZOE Fellowship Ministries for the use of Lugogo Cricket Oval.

There has been a public outcry and also by the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) after the NCS awarded Mbonye’s Ministries a five-year contract worth over Shs 200 million to use the Cricket Oval every Tuesday for prayers.

‘Prophet’ Elvis Mbonye

In her June 5 letter copied to the first lady and minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni and the state minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, the IGG says there will be a systematic review of operations and management of NCS.

The IGG’s office notes that they received a complaint against NCS that they were operating in a manner characterised by high-handedness and general mismanagement of the affairs of the Council.

“It was specifically alleged that the Lugogo Cricket Oval was irregularly contracted out for the use of the Zoe Fellowship Ministries for it’s massive public prayer rallies much to the detriment and prejudice of the state of the grounds and activities of cricket.” said Mulyagonja.

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The IGG said the Uganda Cricket Association alleges that the implementation of the terms of the contract will stifle the activities of the various cricket teams and make it impossible for them to prepare for various tournaments.

“It was further alleged that the manner in which the proceeds from such contractual obligations are received and accounted for is irregular and contrary to the requirements of the Public Finance management Act and other related legal standards,” the letter read in part stated.

She also said her office will commence on a systematic review of the processes and procedures of NCS on various other matters that have been brought to her attention.

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“By copy of this letter the solicitor general and the permanent secretary/secretary to the treasury and the auditor general are requested to take interest in this matter and participate in bringing about order in the sports industry in Uganda,” stated the letter.Martin Ondeko, the acting chief executive officer of the Uganda Cricket Association said they are happy the activities at the Cricket Oval by Pastor Mbonye’s group have been halted.

“We are glad about this development because anything to preserve the Oval is what we want,” added Ondeko.
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