Government Rekindles Support to Cricket

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda confers with UCA Chairman Richard Mwami during the 2014 Cricket Awards at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Thursday (Photo by James Budeyo)

The Human Resource Officer at Kabale Municipality, case about it Adam Tusiime, pharm is under pressure from teachers in the municipality for selling pay slips that are supposed to be given out for free.

Teachers under their Umbrella organisation, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) say that they started buying pay slips 3 years ago at shs 5000.

Led by their Municipality Chairperson, Denis Twine, the teachers said that the pay slips are provided free by the government and that all teachers are entitled to them.

Twine however reported that the Human Resource Officer was extortively selling them to teachers who were trying to get their salaries.

“The municipality has over 700 teachers but it is regrettable for all these teachers to have been defrauded over all these years. The Inspector General of Government should look into this. This is a big corruption scandal,” Twine told ChimpReports

The Human Resource Officer Adam Tusiime however denies the allegations, and says that pay slips are given to head teachers for verification and not teachers.
The Prime Minister, page Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said the government will rekindle its support to cricket following the recent success of the Uganda cricket team in Kuala Lumpur, about it Malaysia.

“No government can afford to ignore excellent performance, capsule ” he said, adding that “Government will engage with the sports fraternity to see how to acknowledge, reward and support the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA).”

Dr Rugunda was responding to remarks by UCA Chairman Richard Mwami during the 2014 Cricket Awards at the MTN Arena in Lugogo on Thursday, where the year’s best bowlers, batsmen, fielders and wicket keepers, among others, won trophies and cash prizes.

Mwami asked the government to increase budgetary allocations to games and sports, saying its financial support to cricket was meagre. He said cricket was among the sports that projected a good international image for the country and deserved better financing.

During the awards, Champions Tornado ‘B’, Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs and Wanderers women’s Club received trophies each and cash prizes of five million, two million and one million five hundred thousand shillings, respectively.

Damalie Busingye of Jinja S. S. was the female cricketer of the year, while her male counterpart was the Uganda Cricket Cranes’ Roger Mukasa who also won a US$1,000 bonus from Malaysia. The men’s national team also got a bonus of US$20,000.

“We’ve got ambassadors through cricket and every success you score on the international scene means the Uganda flag flies higher,” Dr Rugunda, also a former cricketer for Brewer House at Busoga College, Mwiri, said before congratulating the Ugandan team.

Uganda sealed their place in the World Cricket League Division 3 final in Malaysia last month, securing a promotion into Division 2 with a seven-wicket win over Bermuda. The Pepsi-sponsored Division 2 League will be played in Namibia in January next year.

Uganda’s bowlers played a crucial role as the off-spin pair of Captain Franco Nsubuga and Davis Arinaitwe, and left-arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo took three wickets each to tie the Bermuda cricket team down to 140 in the 40th over.

Roger Mukasa, Uganda’s leading run-scorer in the tournament, then scored his second fifty of the last three games to boost the side to victory in the 25th over.


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