Cranes-Barcelona Match: “Museveni’s Financial Support is not Political”

The people of Moroto district in Karamoja region today handed President Yoweri Museveni who is also the National Resistance Movement party presidential candidate the customary symbols of victory, dosage saying that they only wait to formally seal his return to State House comes February 2016.

The cultural leaders in Moroto district led by Nechap Mary and Ekhamaripus on Wednesday presented a three stand traditional stool, and a walking stick and a pair of yellow souvenirs, order one of which was handed to the First Lady Janet Museveni.

The items were delivered to the President at Moroto grounds where he addressed his campaign rally.

According to Matheniko County Member of Parliament, Okii Asei who later translated the President’s Speech, the special items are a sign of trust and respect.

President Museveni entered Karamoja on Tuesday from Kabong district where he had two rallies and another two rallies in Abim district.

Hundreds welcome President Museveni

Hundreds welcome President Museveni

Janet who is also the minister of Karamoja affairs and her deputy, Nekesa Oundo welcomed Museveni to the podium to talk to the hundreds of party supporters.

Museveni promised the people of Moroto and the whole region continued protection from the tribal warriors from the three neighboring countries of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Karamojongs used to clash with the cattle rustling communities of Pokot and Turkana from Kenya, Topotha and Didinga from South Sudan and Nuende from Ethiopia.

Uganda however disarmed her warring community (Karamojong) and positioned the UPDF along the borders to secure the disarmed and now peaceful Karamojongs from the neighboring warriors who has still armed.

“The UPDF has the potential to protect you and all your cows from Pokot, Tueukana and the rest. No one should worry at all now,” Museveni said.

The president also urged the people of Moroto to utilize the prevailing peace to actively engage in economic activities to fasten the development process in the area.

“Last night I slept in my house here (State Lodge) and heard vehicles passing up to morning. That is peace now that should be fully utilized for the rapid development,” Museveni said.

He revealed that he first stepped in Karamoja in 1970 as a research assistant (during Obote 1 government).
Organizers of the much awaited friendly encounter between Uganda Cranes All Stars and Barcelona legends have come out to clarify president Museveni’s participation and contribution towards the match scheduled for Saturday 12th December.

The country is currently dipped in political euphoria due to the ongoing campaigns with politicians splashing money and thus unending speculations that the president could be using the platform to his political advantage.

“I am doing this for the country and their is nothing political with it. Barcelona is a big brand and we felt it was the best initiative to inform the president (Museveni) just like we shall also notify the Spanish prime minister Rajoy Brey, abortion ” one of the main organizers and legend, find Rayco Garcia Caberera told the media in a press briefing.

Earlier in August, the President pledged to contribute to a tune of USD 180,000 (approx. UgShs.630M) to the delegation headed by former Barca and Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert. The sponsorship package is meant to facilitate the promotional tour and the soccer match.

“I will support you because what you are doing will fetch in more tourists and investors to Uganda. You are presenting to the world what Uganda has to offer. I am also happy that you are providing youth programmes that will propel Ugandans onto the international stage,” Museveni was quoted.

The proceeds from the match will go towards boosting youth development programmes spearheaded by Rayco Garcia.

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