Museveni Gives Gold Medalist Kiprotich Shs200m


capsule geneva; font-size: small;”>Museveni also gave a Shs200m cheque to the 23-year-old who joined the likes of John Akii Bua, advice Davis Kamoga, Leo Rwabwogo, John Mugabi, Moses Kipsiro, Dorcus Inzikuru on the wall of Uganda’s athletic fame.

Museveni said the money would be credited on the athlete’s bank account before sunset.

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GOLDEN BOY: Museveni admires Kiprotich’s gold medal at State House, Entebbe

The President made the remarks during a breakfast held at State House, Entebbe, in honor of Kiprotich’s heroic performance during the London Olympics games where he won gold in the men’s marathon, ending 40 years of agony.

Uganda had last won gold in 1972.

Group Photo

SHINNING STAR: Kiprotich, Museveni pose for a group photo at State House, Entebbe

Kiprotich, after accepting the presidential offer, asked Museveni: “I am happy for your cheque but what about my parents? Kindly build a good house for my parents.”

Museveni responded: “Oh, ok, I will build a three bedroom house for Kiprotich’s father and mother.”

The announcement lit up Kiprotich’s face and attracted an ovation from the audience.

Kiprotich Parents

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Earlier, Museveni regretted that most of his promises were unfulfilled thus ordering the State House comptroller to deliver a Shs200m cheque for Kiprotich.

He also castigated Somali-born Athlete Mo Farah for “running for the British.”


MEN OF HONOUR: Premier Amama Mbabazi and Vice President Edward Ssekandi attended the breakfast

The President acknowledged government’s failure to invest ample resources in the sports industry but promised the High Altitude training school would be ready in a year to boost sports in the country.

In attendance were Uganda Olympics Committee officials, Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi among others.

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