Uganda Finish Last in Women Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers

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After making a surprise entry, page stunning everyone at the second round of the President Candidates’ Debate last Saturday, no rx Oxfam International Executive Director Mrs. Winnie Byanyima last evening leaped in to give the final push to her husband’s climaxing campaign rallies.

The former Mbarara Member of Parliament on Sunday evening exited the people of Bweyogerere and surrounding areas, appearing atop a Land Cruiser together with her husband Dr Besigye, who is making a forth try on the country’s highest office.

Byanyima made a surprise entry at last Saturday's Presidential Candidates Debate at the Kampala Serena

Byanyima made a surprise entry at last Saturday’s Presidential Candidates Debate at the Kampala Serena

The crowds went wild as the 57 year old chorused the opposition party slogans and flashed the V sign to the thousands that had waited for hours outside the Mandela National Stadium.

Mrs Byanyima had in past weeks come under scrutiny from some Ugandans for not only “abandoning her husband’s campaign,” but also appearing to speak against it.

Byanyima at first openly challenged Dr Besigye’s coalition with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and other opposition parties, who unsuccessfully tried to make a united front against President Museveni in this month’s elections.

FDC supporters were exited to see Winnie Byanyima

FDC supporters were exited to see Winnie Byanyima

She later on plainly confronted Besigye, when he first expressed reservations on the relevance of the Presidential Candidates Debate, in the absence of President Museveni. Besigye was later to change his mind and participate.

Her appearance at the Presidential Debate and the rallies, FDC believes gave a massive contribution to Besigye’s support.

Besigye also held massive rallies in Kawempe , Kasokoso and Kireka, where as has been the case was showered with gifts by his supporters.

“I know it was a day worth staying with your loved ones and families, but you chose to put Uganda first. Nothing energies me like sacrifices you make in order for us to achieve the liberation of our nation,” said a gratified Besigye.

The last time Mrs Byanyima was here, she came on the wrong side of the Uganda Police Force which stormed her house in Kasangati and dragged her to Kasangati Police station in her car.

The police officers who were keeping tabs on Dr Besigye believed he was in the car. The incident greatly enraged the then director for gender in the Bureau for Development Policy at the UNDP, who at that moment was heading to Entebbe to catch a flight back to New York.


Uganda’s lady volleyball Cranes have been dumped out of the Women’s African  Olympic Qualifiers in Yaonde Cameroon. The cranes failed to win any of their three Group A scheduled games.

Uganda vs Botswana
The first match of Day 3 presented a chance for the Ugandans to at least finish third and thus qualify for a qualification game. The coach Tony Lakoni’s side started well leading Botswana 16-15 by the second time out of the first set before going on to claim their first (set) of the tourney 25-22.

Botswana rebounded in style with stronger attacks winning the successive sets 25-21 and 25-19. Uganda bounced in the fourth set with a whooping 25-10 score to force the game into a tie breaker where they narrowly lost 15-11 after leading the better parts of the set.

Mary Gasekgonwe led Botswana scorers with 17 points , pilule while Peace Busingye led Uganda with 8 points. Botswana thus finished the pool matches with 1-2 record to finish third ahead of Uganda

In the other matches, Kenya defeated Cameroon 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-9). They lead pool A with 6 points followed by Cameroon 2 points and Tunisia 1 point.

The Kenyans will face Egypt as Algeria play Cameroon in the semi finals. Only one slot is available for the Rio Olympics while the second and third teams get a chance to compete in intercontinental qualifiers.


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