Muhammad Ali(L) with president Museveni(C) at Entebbe State House in 1988.(Courtesy photo)
President Museveni has described the deceased former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali as a disciplined and determined sportsman of all times whom he said will be dearly missed.
The Ugandan president made the remarks in his commiseration message to relatives, fans and friends to the deceased pugilist.
“Ali, whose death I learnt of yesterday (Saturday), epitomized many things in his life but his discipline, determination and defence of the marginalized among other qualities stood out,” Museveni said of the fallen 3 time world boxing champion.
He added,” Ali visited me at State House, Entebbe on November 29,1988 in the company of former Sudan President Abdulrahman Suwar Addahab but was a revolutionary in his own right. He accomplished a lot even in the face of great challenges. May his soul rest in peace.”
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in 1942 Kentucky, United States, he later converted to Islam before changing his name to Muhammad Ali.
The pugilist who was 3 times World Heavy weight champion proclaimed himself ‘The Greatest’.
On Friday, he succumbed to Parkinson’s disease that he had battled with for 32 years.
In December, Ali released a statement in December criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said in the statement.
He is also remembered for strongly opposing the Vietnam war that the US had started against the Asian country in 1955.
, #Yoweri Kaguta Museveni