Museveni rewards heroic Commonwealth team with houses, monthly stipend


Museveni rewards heroic Commonwealth team with houses, monthly stipend

What kind of a gift does one deserve for bringing honour and glory to a country?

Well, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni thinks that bequeathing his country’s athletes – the Gold Coast heroes and heroines – with beautiful homes is the perfect nostrum.

In a series of tweets on his official twitter handle, the domineering Head-of-State has promised to build houses for Joshua Cheptigei and Sheila Chesang who both bagged gold medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

A seemingly excited Museveni further promised to put all the five medalists – at Gold Coast 2018 – on a monthly salary depending on one’s medal won.

The Gold Coast stars will also get a monthly salary of Ushs.5m (Ksh. 134,927.10) for gold winners,  Ushs 3m (Ksh. 80,956.26, silver) and Ushs.1m (Ksh 26,985.42) for bronze.

Coming with the goodies, is a pledge to better the sports infrastructure in the country, as the land-locked east African nation aim to rise from decades of under-achievement at global competitions.

In total, Uganda claimed six medals at the Games – three gold, silver and two bronze, challenging Kenya’s hitertho dominance on long distance. In fact, they beat Kenya in both men and women’s 10,000m and the men’s 5,000m.

The President also promised to review the taxes on sports equipment. Museveni’s handsome pledges are a stark contrast to Kenya where State promises  take months, at time years to be fulfilled.

Cheptigei who won two gold medals was also promoted from a Police Constable to Inspector of Police in addition to a token of Ush 10 million.

Cheptigei earns a rank award after sterling Commonwealth Games performance/PHOTOS/COURTESY

Prior to the Commonwealth Games, Kenyan athletes had threatened not to honour the Games unless their outstanding bonuses and allowances were met, prompting President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene during a State House luncheon.

His terse warning, it seems, played a part as for the first time, the Commonwealth team got their bonuses on time.
Though for others, who competed at events, as early as 2010, the bonuses have not been forthcoming.

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