Parliament Honours Olympic gold Medalist Kiprotich

generic geneva; font-size: small;”>Several MPs have used the opportunity to shake hands and pose with the gold medal winner.

discount geneva;”>A video clip of the historic London win by Kiprotich has been played in Parliament chamber.

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Minister Jessica Alupo confirms to Parliament Kiprotich has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Prisons following his historic win as MPs applause.

Another historic moment as the medal John Akiibua won in 1972 has also been displayed by his son who is also in the chamber.

Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo reaffirms Speaker Kadaga’s call to government to increase the budget for sports in the country.

Alupo says government is committed to this and will also fast track the completion of a high altitude training center in the Elgon area.

MP Obua Hamson seconds motion moved by education minister to pay tribute to golden boy Kiprotich

MP Obua quotes Mathew 7:7…..” ask, seek, knock…for everyone who asks receives and to whom who knocks the door will be opened.”

Obua says both Akiibua and Kiprotich have won the gold medal at 23 years, both from the forces with Akiibua a police officer and Kiprotich a prison warder.

The legislator says UPDF must win the third gold medal for Uganda.

“This win is a great motivation and inspiration for the young generation. Uganda has the capacity to win more and more gold medals. This is a wakeup call for Uganda and its people to invest in sports as an avenue to promote sports,” says Obua.

He further notes that this should be an opportunity for government to fulfill its pledges to other sports personalities like Kipsiro and Akii bua.

He cites the need to nurture and promote sportsmen and women and also decried the failure by sportsmen to use Namboole sports gym.

Obua adds there is need to designate a specific ministry to sports.

MP Odonga Otto, Chairman Parliament Football Club takes to podium to honor Kiprotich.

He says the gold medal winner has become the uniting factor of Uganda.

Otto says he will use his office as chair of the Government Assurances Committee to follow up all pledges made by government in this sitting.

He then hails Uganda Prisons for its contribution to the success of the golden boy Kiprotich.

Otto prays for another gold medal in his life time and appeals to government to make concrete commitments from government, adding Uganda needs a national sports academy or University.

Otto says he wants government to make all games available to Ugandans to win more medals.

“Ugandans should take sports as a profession not as a last resort. We need a comprehensive approach to Sports. There are many lessons to learn for Uganda,” he concludes.

The family of the golden boy had earlier been ushered into the Parliament’s distinguished visitors’ gallery.

2:00pm: The Uganda Parliament is Thursday holding a special sitting this afternoon to honor Stephen Kiprotich for his excellent performance in the London Olympics.

He won the gold medal in the 42 kilometer marathon.

Some legislators are proposing that government should declare him a national hero.

This is the first Olympic medal for Uganda in the last forty years.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker will host Mr.Kiprotich to a cocktail at the Sheraton hotel Thursday evening.


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