Corporate Woodball: Bukenya, Sematta Heighten Competition to Last Circuit


The East African Legislative Assembly concluded the 2nd Meeting of the 4th Session last week with the Assembly adjourning a debate on the Forest Management and Protection Bill, ed see 2015.

The adjournment at Committee stage followed a motion tabled by the Chair of EAC Council of Ministers, Hon Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, seeking for more time to enable the United Republic of Tanzania to make input.

Hon Dr Mwakyembe informed the House that Tanzania would go to the polls in the next few days and it was necessary that the debate be put on hold until such time the incoming Government is in place to effectively enable the Partner State to make input.

According to the assembly, though majority of Members rose up to support the Motion for adjournment, they however noted that the practice should not be encouraged.

“We committed to the EAC as Partner States and not based on tenure of sitting Governments, it is important that the records of the House state so”, Hon Martin Ngoga said.

Hon Dora Byamukama also lamented that the Assembly should not stall when there are elections in Partner States saying it would set a bad precedence.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega ruled that the debate on the key Bill be brought back on the Order Paper when the Assembly resumes in Kigali, Rwanda in November.

The EAC Forestry and Management Protection Bill, 2015 hopes to promote the development, protection, conservation, sustainable management and use of the forests in the Community especially trans-boundary forests ecosystems, in the interest of present and future generations.

Also put on hold was debate on Motion for a Resolution to ratify and deposit the required instruments of the amended Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union.


State of Refugee Camps

On Tuesday, the Assembly passed a Report of the Goodwill mission by the Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee to visit Burundi Refugees in Kigoma, Tanzania and in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.

The Members stressed the need to tackle the root causes of the refugee situation in the region rather than addressing the symptoms.

The Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee led by the Chairperson, Hon Abdullah Mwinyi was dispatched to Kigoma and Eastern Province of Rwanda in late May and early June 2015 to appraise itself with the humanitarian situation on the ground and to assess the amenities available.

During debate, Hon Twaha Issa Taslima noted that the situation in the refugee camps visited were disturbing.

He noted that the Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania was already congested with other refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also taking refuge there.

Hon Chris Opoka-Okumu urged the host countries to put in place mechanisms under which refugees who have stayed long can be absorbed into such states through naturalization.

Hon Christophe Bazivamo told the House experience in the region has shown that refugee crisis is closely associated with the elections due to violence before, during and after the polls.

Presenting the report, the Chair of Goodwill Mission Hon Mwinyi  said over 100,000 Burundians have fled their country since April this year to Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC and Uganda following violence precipitated by disagreement over the interpretation of the Arusha.
The competition for the 2015 Corporate Woodball crown heightened over the weekend with just one last circuit to go. In the men’s category, price Raymond Semata continued his impressive form with 50 strokes to earn himself 17 points.

The St. Joseph’s Technical Institute player moved to 80 points, buy just four less than his leading teammate Godfrey Bukenya who has trailed him by a point in each of the last two circuits.

The battle will surely be between the two after their closest challenger Joseph Semanda from Stroke Woodball Club stumbled on day five scoring 69 after 12 fairways earning only 9 points to put his total at 77. Semanda was joint leader with Bukenya heading to the 5th circuit held at Kisubi Beach on Sunday.

Ndejje Corporates’ Rose Matovu increased her chances of winning the ladies title after 68 stroke counts thus accumulating a gross total of 45 points.

The 6th Corporate Woodball Circuit will be held on Sunday, November 08, 2015  at Sports Beach – Entebbe. The 4th Beach Woodball Circuit will be held concurrently at the same venue.


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