Preview: Uganda, Botswana Lock Horns

President Yoweri Museveni has said he is thankful for the 70 years he has lived without a major bodily disorder.

This was entailed in a strong worded dossier he issued on Friday in which he rebuked a group of Ugandans that allegedly forged his own letter to the deceased Libyan President Col Muammar Gadaffi.

The forgers purported in the letter that the President was contacting his Libyan counterpart about among others his terminal ailment that necessitated that he consults some German medics.

Museveni described the talk about his ill-health as fiction and termed the forgers of the letter as Abatemu, capsule Abanyaanda and Abazigu (Runyankore for criminals, ed opportunists and enemies).

He said on the contrary, dosage that he has had a perfectly good health though his life except for a few sporadic sicknesses.

“Fortunately, in the whole 70 years of my life, God has given me excellent health save for occasional malaria attacks, coughs or mild allergic reactions in the nose,” he said.

“Even today, there are hardly any physical exertions that I cannot undertake except squatting which I find a bit uncomfortable these days.”

Museveni revealed that with the help of his intelligence team, some of the forgers had been traced and apprehended and are currently being held by Police.

The president has previously explained some of the practices that have kept him healthy and in good shape, among them good diet and a strong distaste for alcohol.

He told youths at Kololo independence in February that he had managed to keep his body in shape because he doesn’t drink or smoke cigarettes.

“I have never in my life tasted Alcohol. I am now 70 years but if you want to bring chaos here, we’ll brawl.”

“My body is clean. I don’t smoke cigarettes. You find someone busy burning their lungs…setting your own lungs alight. I have also kept myself in shape because I don’t engage in sexual immorality, or spend money lavishly,” said.

Earlier in November, Museveni surprised the nation when he went for a public HIV/AIDs test in Kampala.

He took the test to encourage millions of untested Ugandans to check their status, a critical step to stemming the spread of the virus.
President Museveni has refused to retire controversial former coordinator of intelligence organs, symptoms Gen David Sejusa, here Chimp Corps report.

On Friday, over 600 soldiers were retired at a colourful ceremony held at Land Forces Headquarters in Bombo.

Some of soldiers, whose retirement applications were accepted, had served for more than 30 years in Uganda’s armed forces.

In an interview with Chimpreports, 58 year-old Lt. Col Francis Kemigisha said back home he would focus on tilling the land as well as looking after his cattle having served the army for 36 years.

“I survived a bomb blast in 1980 in Kidepo while chasing away Sudanese fighters, which left me with an injury on the head.  I now look forward to returning to my home in Mbarara and looking after my animals as well as my banana plantation,” Lt. Col Kemigisha noted.

Interestingly, Sejusa’s name did not appear on the list of retired soldiers.

Sejusa early this year applied for his retirement from the army, saying he had played his part in contributing to the country’s stability.

He further accused the army of frustrating his retirement process.

Through his lawyers, Sejusa also threatened legal action against the army.

But UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said, “The UPDF, as an institution, cannot be pushed. It exercises its constitutional mandate of retiring soldiers at its wish. You don’t command it.”

He added: “It is not true at all that we said we would retire him. Retirement follows laid down procedures. Gen Sejusa has to be patient.”

Speaking at the ceremony in Bombo yesterday, Chief of Staff Land Forces in the UPDF, Brig. Leopold Kyanda asked the retired officers to be prepared for an even harsher world waiting ahead of them, adding that the army will always have their back.

“You are departing from the barracks and not from the UPDF family. Wherever you go we shall follow you because the things you do affect us directly. Be good ambassadors so that we only hear praises for the UPDF,” Kyanda urged.
At exactly 4:00 PM local time, buy Uganda will embark on yet another journey in their quest to end the 37 year African Nations Cup jinx with an opening fixture against the Botswana.

The Cranes made their last appearance at the AFCON in 1978 where they lost 2-0 to hosts Ghana in the finals played in Accra thanks to a brace from Opuku Afriyie.

For the Zebras, as they are commonly known, are only 11 years old in the international scene since they began actively competing in 1994.

The South African nation made their maiden and last appearance in the 2012 AFCON finals co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and stunning Africa by being the first team to qualify at the expense of perennial giants, Tunisia.

Team News

Veteran Cranes number one shot stopper Dennis Onyango shook off a shoulder injury scare that forced him mid-way out of the international friendly against Gambia in the midweek.

The home side were also boosted by the arrival of Portuguese based speedy winger William Luwagga Kizito on Friday and managed to complete the training session with the Cranes in the afternoon but will await a late fitness assessment test after a long flight.

For the rest of the players are fit and fresh ready to attack the enemy according to Serbian tactician Milutin Micho Sredjovic.

On the other side, the visitors’ head coach Peter Butler will rely on the experience of keeper Kabelo Dambe, midfield duo of Ofentse Nato and Joel Mogorosi who ply their trade in South Africa’s PSL in a bid to salvage a point from the Cranes team.

The trio are the only remaining members of the 2012 squad to the continental finals who boast of a vast experience that will be crucial when the team faces the East African side.

Butler has also recalled lead striker and Dennis Onyango’s club mate, Mogakolodi Ngele (Mamelodi Sun downs) after missing the COSAFA trip in South Africa where the team finished fourth.

The Zebras have only three foreign based players with the rest of the squad turning out for local teams including giants Town Ship Rollers who have 5 players on the team.


The Cranes have won all seven qualifying matches that they played as host since 1992 while Geoffrey Massa is joint leading top scorer in all qualifying campaigns with eleven goals, all netted in Namboole.

What the Coaches Say

“We didn’t play well in the friendly against Gambia).We dominated the game but didn’t use our chances well. Our opponents ‘packed the bus’ but we hope to perform better in the real match.” Coach Micho told ChimpSport after the Gambia friendly mid-week.

For the visitors’ tactician Butler is positive that he will be able to salvage a point from Namboole.

“We are here with a positive mindset; we will still be cautious at the back and a bit defensive but will try to  catch them on a break,” Butler told a press conference.

 Probable Lineups


Dennis Onyango [GK], Denis Iguma, Richard Kassaga, Isaac Isinde, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Waswa, Khalid Aucho, William Luwagga Kizito, Brian Majwega, Farouk Miya, Geoffrey Massa.


Kabelo Dambe (Platinum stars), Tapiwa Gadibolae (Township), Moshe Gaolaolwe (Botswana Defence Force), Oscar Ncenga (Township), Katlego Koobake (Extension Gunners), Ofentse Nato, Mpho Page 2 of 2Kgaswane (both Gaborone United), Mogakolodi Ngele (Sundowns), Omaatlo Kebaatho (Sankoyo Bush Bucks0, Joel Mogorosi (unattached)

Latest FIFA Rankings

Uganda- 71(16)

Botswana- 111 (31)



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