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Construction of Gahanga Stadium in Rwanda put on hold

Construction of Gahanga stadium has been put on hold due to contractual issues between the government and the main contractors.

The government of Rwanda terminated the contract after faults were detected in Gahanga stadium architectural design. Turkey-based BABILAKS construction limited had signed a two-year contract with the Rwanda Ministry of Sports and Culture to build the stadium. Construction of the Gahanga Stadium was slated to take $150m. The stadium was set to be located in Kicukiro District, Rwanda.

Putting hold the project means that the 40,000-seater stadium will not be completed in time to host the 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN). The stadium would have been the largest in the country.

Director of Sports at Ministry of Sports and Culture, Emmanuel Bugingo, has said that the event will now be hosted in Amahoro, Huye, Rubavu and Kigali Regional stadia respectively. Huye and Rubavu stadia are almost complete.

“We have halted all activities relating to the construction of the stadium until further notice, meaning that the facility will not be ready to host the tournament.” Bugingo, who is also the CHAN organizing committee spokesperson, said.

He added that they realized there were plans they had not paid attention to, and which needed to be revised. Construction of Gahanga Stadium would have started in April this year.

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