By Sports Editor Reuben Olita
Uganda president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has threatened to take action against his previous order to have athletes who win medals at internal events receive monthly stipends for raising the profile of the country.
They will receive Ush5 million each which equals to (Sh155,000).
Uganda upset Kenya in events they used to dominate at the recently concluded olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Ugandan leader wants previous winners to be paid in arrears.Kenya should emulate that incredible move by Uganda in efforts to motivate its ahthletes to put their country in international limelight. Kudos.
The president had ordered gold medalists to be paid monthly stipend of Ush5m (Kzh145,000), Silver Ush3m(90,000)and bronze (Ush1m (Ksh30,000).
President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday afternoon awarded Uganda’s athletes with luxurious vehicles, following their remarkable performances at the just-concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Museveni also promised to build a house for each Gold medalist, as well as reward all of Uganda’s medalists with cash.
The reward comes a day after the athletes received a heroes welcome at Entebbe International Airport, Kampala.
Joshua Cheptegei won gold in the men’s 5,000m final and silver in the men’s 10,000m. Peruth Chemutai won gold in the women’s 10,000m final, while Jacob Kiplimo took bronze in the men’s 10,000m final.
Uganda was represented by a 25-strong team in Tokyo, but after coming out with nothing in rowing, swimming and boxing, all remaining medal hopes fell on track and field.