MPs to converge in Juba for 12th edition of EAC games

By Emmanuel Sekago

Juba will come alive on Friday as the 12th edition of the East African community inter-parliamentary games gets underway.

Uganda will be seeking to reclaim the team title from Kenya after relinquishing the crown in 2021 in Arusha, Tanzania.

The regional games bring together the national parliaments of Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) and host South Sudan and will battle for honours in football, basketball, volleyball, netball, athletics, darts and tug of war over the next twelve days.

MP  Mbwatekamwa to show case in Juba in athletics. Courtesy photo

The following are team leaders; MPJulius Achom has taken charge of the athletics deputized by MP Moreen Osuru, while MP Linos Ngompek has taken charge of the football team.

The volleyball team is led by, MP Mbwatekamwa  who is the volleyball captain deputized by Kalangala district Woman Member of Parliament Hellen Nakimuli, while the netball team is steered by MPSarah Kayagi, Mbarara city MP Mwine Mpaka and MP Susan Amero  will captain the basketball team.

Uganda Parliament to fight hard to reclaim netball title after losing it in Arusha. Courtesy photo.

The Speaker of Parliament,  Anita Anne Among Magogo will lead the Ugandan delegation and will be accompanied by government chief whip Hamson Dennis Obua.

The Parliament of Uganda sports team comprising both Members of Parliament and staff have been training hard for the last one month at Lugogo ground and at National Council of Sports Lugogo arena preparing for the games.

All the participating countries’ Parliament Speakers are expected to officiate at the official opening of the twelve-day event that will take place at the Main Stadium in Juba, South Sudan.

The tournament will feature a walk-race. Other disciplines include football, netball, golf, athletics, tug-of-war, Basketball and volleyball.

Athletics will feature races in 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 and 1500 meters respectively for men and women.  The 400×4 relay is also on the cards.

In football, Uganda will face stiff competition from the other Parliaments keen to dethrone them. Last year Uganda was beaten by Tanzania at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha.

In men’s volleyball, Kenya who are the defending champions will have to put up a good fight with all Parliaments going out guns blazing for the title.  In women’s volleyball, all Parliaments are expected to give themselves a good outing with South Sudan expected.

In netball, Uganda is expected to renew rivalry with the Tanzania since it’s a round robin tournament and last year in Arusha they couldn’t play because of host Tanzania fielding mercenaries with host declared champion dethroning Uganda who now are going to South Sudan with determination of reclaiming the title.

The East Africa Community inter-parliamentary games is a key aspect building on relations between the EALA and the national Parliaments in the EAC region.

The games are held annually and on a rotational basis in the partner states.

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