Gov’t promises to clear all arrears of medal winning athletes

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has assured medal winning athletes that government will eventually clear their monthly stipend arrears that have accumulated over the years.

Several athletes have been complaining that they have not been receiving their monthly stipends as promised by President Museveni in 2012 following Stephen Kiprotich’s gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympics. Moses Kipsiro also won gold at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.

“We shall make sure those who have arrears are cleared and I will continue to pay gold medal winners Shs 5 million, silver Shs 3 million and bronze Shs 1 million,” Museveni said on Sunday afternoon while hosting the Ugandan team that participated in the just ended 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Uganda won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals to finish in 15th position at the Games that climaxed last Sunday.

Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m  and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Boxer Juma Miiro picked a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.

Museveni promised to build a house for the Commonwealth Games double gold medalist Cheptegei. The president said when talented athletes have been identified, they should be attached to security agencies such as police, prisons so they can able to get a house and salary as well as technical support.

Uganda sent a team of 69 athletes who participated in track and field events, netball, rugby, table tennis, badminton, squash, swimming, boxing, weightlifting, shooting and cycling.

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