Muhoozi Graces Breathtaking Polo Tournament in Kakira

Brig. Muhoozi watches the action with Mr. Nitin Madhvani

President Museveni has paid his condolences to the family of the late Prince David Simbwa at his home in Kabowa, page Lubaga Division in Kampala district.

He delivered his message on Sunday morning as he paid his last respects to the deceased. Prince Simbwa, healing who was 80-years old, approved passed on at Nakasero Hospital on 6th November 2014 because of kidney complications

. The Prince has been the only surviving uncle of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi.

“The late Simbwa has been a Prince, a Muganda and a Ugandan. That is why I was able to work with him for a long time,” he said.

Describing him as a good friend, President Museveni noted that at the age of 80 years he was not very old.

He informed mourners that he sent the Prince to India where he underwent a kidney transplant but added that the transplant unfortunately caused a number of problems.

Musveni said that the drugs that were administered after surgery caused side effects saying that the treatment progressed into a blood clot that led to his death.

The family members who were represented by Prince Namugala and Princess Elina Zalwango, saluted President Museveni for caring for the late Simbwa.

Buganda Katikkiro, Mr. Peter Mayiga commended the President for sparing time to pay his condolences
The UPDF Commander of the Special Forces, ask Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, page has said he will advocate for the introduction of the sport of Polo in the UPDF.

Brig. Muhoozi made the remarks on Sunday while officiating at the end of a two day polo tournament for the Madhvani Cup at the Kakira Nile Polo Club in Kakira, purchase Jinja District.

The tournament, the fifth to be held in Uganda, was won by Lato Milk Polo Team, who beat Tata Prima in the final.

Lato Milk has a milk factory in Biharwe a few kilometers from Mbarara.

The factory which boasts a 500,000 liter processing capacity is part of the Midland Group of companies that was started in Kenya in 1937 but now has its headquarters in Dubai.

“This game is very good and important for the military but unfortunately it has not been part of our culture,” said Brig Muhoozi.

“We know from our history that in other countries entire military units have been mounted on horses. We should introduce this equestrian culture into the UPDF and start participating in tournaments,” he added.

The UPDF Chief of Staff of the Land Forces, Brig. Leopold Kyanda, was also in attendance at the fun-filled event.

The game of Polo can be breathtaking and is played by two opposing teams riding horses with each struggling to score a goal against their opponent.

It requires a lot of horse riding skills and a great sense of balance to play the ball. The polo game is divided into 4 periods called ‘chukkas’ (an Indian word that means ‘round’).

Each chukka is 71/2 minutes. Each team is comprised of 4 players, each player has a specific handicap (or capability); the more experienced players have a greater handicap.

The lowest handicap in polo is -2 and the greatest is 10. Very few players in the world attain the 10 handicap.

Polo is thought to have originated from ancient Persia (present day Iran) over two thousand years ago, it later spread to present day Turkey, India and later on to Great Britain in the 19th Century.

Two opposing teams riding horses with each struggling to score a goal against their opponent

Two opposing teams riding horses with each struggling to score a goal against their opponent

The chairman of the Madhvani Group, Mr. Nitin Madhvani, said his team were happy to host the now annual polo tournament in Uganda and thanked the sponsors of the tournament such as Nile Gold, EFG Bank (a large Swiss private bank), Barclays, Shell V-Power, Turkish Airlines and Lato Milk for helping to popularize the sport in the country. Mr.Nitin Madhvani has been a keen polo player for years and his two sons participated in the tournament.

A big crowd of local enthusiasts of the sport turned up to watch the tournament from mainly Jinja and Kampala.

However, there was a large contingent of other fans that travelled from as far as Argentina, Spain, Canada, Australia and neighbouring Kenya to watch the teams in action.

The teams included players from all over the world.

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