FC Barcelona Legends Inspire Young Kids on Soccer Amid Awe

The FC Barcelona legends team poses with children  who met them at Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Photos: (Paul Ampurire C/R)

Owing to the overwhelming number of inmates in Uganda’s prisons, pharmacy Uganda Prisons services has requested government to honor its pledge of enhancing the number warders recruited annually.

Speaking at the passing out ceremony of 41 cadet S.Ps, viagra sale 68 in-service officers and 68 cadets, no rx Dr Johnson Byabashaija the commissioner of prisons informed the chief guest Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi who represented the President that the staff prisoner ratio currently stands at 1:9, and not the standard 1:3.

The number of Prision inmates Byabashaija has overwhelmed the prison staff

The number of Prison inmates Byabashaija said, has overwhelmed the prison staff

“We currently have a total number of 45485 prisoners in all our prisons countrywide and this figure can only get bigger and bigger. We request that we are allowed to recruit at least 2000 a year, for only then we shall try to cope with the number of inmates,” said Byabasahija.

At the event held at Luzira Prision on Friday, Byabasahija revealed that with the advice  from President Museveni, they have registered tremendous development in both infrastructure and welfare of the Prisons staff.

Vice President Sekandi decorates one of the passed officers

Vice President Sekandi decorates one of the passed officers

“We started up a SACCO as advised by the president which consists of 90 percent of Prisons officers from where they have saved and started up a number of personal income generating projects. Some have managed to build their personal houses in their villages using duty free items from our hardware. We were advised to build two bed roomed houses for our officers and in this we have put up over 436 housing units constructed by the Prisons housing unit” Byabashaija revealed.

He then requested government to continue supporting them to ensure that they construct houses for the remaining  4000 officers who are poorly housed in uniports commonly known as ‘Mama Ingiya Pole’

Uganda Police's AIGP Andrew Sorowen at the Prisons function.

Uganda Police’s AIGP Andrew Sorowen at the Prisons function.

The chief guest Vice President Kiwanuka Sekandi appreciated the great work exhibited by the prisons staff and for following the president’s advice.

The UPDF's Commander Land Forces Brig Leopold Kyanda was also present

The UPDF’s Commander Land Forces Brig Leopold Kyanda was also present

John Bosco Tumwebaze the Commandant Murchison Bay Prisons Training School called upon all the cadets to avoid engaging in acts that may damage the reputation of Uganda Prisons.
 A group of about 100 children from across Uganda have Saturday met with the visiting FC Barcelona legends and shared about their prospects and experiences regarding soccer. The children came from districts of Nebbi, ampoule Hoima, price Mbarara, viagra dosage Kabale, Gulu, Mbale, Mukono, Moroto and the central region.

The meet up was a concerted effort of UNICEF Uganda and National Council of Children.

Some of the players who met the children at Sheraton Hotel Kampala were Carles Puyol, Gaizka Mendietta, Patrick Kluyvert, Juliano Belleti, Sergi Barjuan among others who engaged the children on their football experience and what can be done for them to achieve their aspirations.

Patrick Kluyvert (L) greets some of the children

Patrick Kluyvert (L) greets some of the children

Mubarak from Mbale who was among the yougsters said; “I would want to be supported to join Uganda Cranes and then I can acquire skills to join European leagues.”

In addition to asking questions, the soccer legends took time off to take photos with the young ones and also engage them in ball juggling. Belleti mentioned that the match with the Uganda Cranes is not about winning or losing but rather an opportunity to have fun, enjoy the people and cultivate a relationship. 12375148_1191685827525924_4039522251124791442_o

Chimpreports interacted with Kiiza Martin, the Secretary General of National Council for Children said the purpose of the interaction was to inspire young children to enable them achieve their dreams. “We are advocating for more investment in Uganda’s children and we want government to increase the budget allocation for sports and include it on the syllabus,” he said.

He also expressed concern towards parents who do not value their children’s talents yet the same talents could transform into careers from which to earn income just like the FC Barcelona legends.

Muhamed Hashim just completed Primary Seven in Mbale and has played soccer for 4 years. He told Chimpreports that he feels great about the opportunity to meet with soccer stars.

“We see them on TV but today we met them physically. I believe that their visit is aimed at indirectly equipping us with the skills that we recquire,” said Muhamed. He however stated that much as coaches are available to train young people like him in soccer, they lack equipment like first aid kits. 12322802_1191685677525939_4519296340446684387_o

Also, Muhamed notes; “Government is selling off pitches from where children would be practicing and growing their skills. Coaches and managers of our national clubs are also corrupt.”

Mugoya Ashim, another yougster from University Link High School in Mbale told Chimpreports that lack of boots and jerseys is a major challenge to kids who are passionate about soccer.


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