Clean Sweep for Uganda at the Inaugural Mashariki Marathon

Runners before setting off from Kololo Airstrip

Drama ensued during a fundraising function at Katinti Catholic Church in Rubanda West Kabale district when State Minister for Economic Monitoring Hon Henry Banyenzaki was booed by Christians and had his microphone switched off.

Trouble started when the Minister, price once handed the microphone, erectile took to the pulpit and started hurling insults at his political opponents that intend to stand against him the 2016 general elections, tadalafil particularly one Moses Kamuntu.

He termed those planning to contest against him as uncivilized villagers, who have never stepped a foot inside the State House.

Kamuntu added that he happens to sit in the same office as the President and that he meets him almost on a daily basis. At this time, his words were beginning to get swallowed in the mumblings of growingly agitated church members.

Minister Banyenzaki went on that Moses Kamuntu, his main rival, is a young businessman who should focus on his business of mining iron ore and leave politics to experienced people.

The crowd at this point, led by one Conrad Rubandamayonza started booing the minister, but he was relentless.

That was when the Rubanda Catholic Parish Priest Rev. Fr Paulino Fokushaba intervened, telling off the Minister that the church was not to be used to fight his political battles.

Realizing that Minister Banyenzaki was still shouting on top of his voice, the technicians unplugged his microphone, but he carried on quarreling without a microphone!

Banyenzaki  who has been  the  Rubanda west  MP  for the last 15 years is facing  stiff  competition  from  Moses Kamuntu, Eng Denis Sabiti a  former  commissioner of transport   in the ministry of  works and transport who recently resigned to take on him, Bruce Balaba Kabasa among others in the 2016 general elections.
Thousands of participants from the Eastern Africa region graced the successful inaugural edition of the Airtel Afrika Mashariki Half Marathon that was held at the Kololo Independence Ground in Kampala on Sunday.

The event was graced by a host of dignitaries from the athletics and other sporting fraternity including Ugandan Kickboxing champion, seek Moses Golola and current miss Uganda Leila Kalanguka.

This year’s event ran under the theme ‘Healthy citizens for regional integration and support to Lake Victoria Environmental Conservation’. All the proceeds will be used to plant trees in Jinja and other environment conservation activities.

Ugandans flourished in the Men’s category for 10 and 20 kilometer races sweeping clean all the podium places.

In 10 km, abortion Thomas Ayieko claimed the gold, story 8 seconds and 17 seconds in front of Abdallah Mande and Alex Cherop who came in second and third place respectively.

Ayieko clocked 27 minutes and 25 seconds exactly.  Ben Somikwo won the 21km prize after clocking 1 hour 5 minutes and 56seconds ahead of Ezekiel Chepkirop [1:06:05] and Patrick Cherwoto [1:06:29].

Suzan Kosgei from Kenyan was the only non-Ugandan in the podium place after scooping the women’s race after 31 minutes 52 seconds and 6 microseconds. Janat Chemisto [31:54.03] and Doreen Chemutai [32:00.05] completed the other top-three finish. Women only participated in the 10km race.

Full results:

Men- 10km

1 Thomas Ayieko (UGA) 27:25.00

2 Abdallah Mande (UGA) 27:33.01

3 Alex Cherop (UGA) 27:42.07

Men- 21km

1 Ben Somikwo (UGA) 1:05:56

2 Ezekiel Chepkirop (UGA) 1:06:05

3 Patrick Cherwoto (UGA) 1:06:29

Women -10Km

1 Suzan Kosgei (KENYA) 31:52.06

2 Janat Chemisto (UGA) 31:54.03

3 Doreen Chemutai (UGA) 32:00.05


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