State Minister Hon Peter Ogwang in group picture with the first three winning universities

By Emmanuel Sekago

Ugandan Universities, Ndejje University, Makerere University and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) were happy to win the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the 12th edition of the Eastern Africa University games that climaxed yesterday (Wednesday) at Ndejje main Campus.

While presiding over the closing ceremony, the State minister for sports and Ngariam County, Katakwi district Member of Parliament Hon Peter Ogwang was happy for Uganda dominating games but on the other side very serious to the extent of cautioning Universities for using mercenaries in games.

“I congratulate host university Ndejje for holding a successful event, also the winners and the participants but am here to  ask and emphasize it that  Universities should stop using none students in these games and am here to echo the same message i delivered to USSSA participants at the concluded capacity training held in Kibuli secondary school and if a University is caught let it be banned for one, two or three years while not participating in  the games companied with a huge fine, don’t fine the tutor or student, but a whole University,” said Ogwang.

“Use of none students in these games, hinder the development of the sports in the country and East Africa at Large,  You can’t get the Cheptegeis for national teams  that can represent the country, so avoid none students in these games,” he added.

The Katikamu South Member of parliament, Hon. Kirumira Hassan Lukalidde said that Sports is a unifying factor and leads to development.

“Universities investing in Sports is a good sign towards the development of our sports and education, sports helps to unite East Africa Community, and as leaders we use sports to bring our people together, it’s that even Universities come together and compete because this strengthen our integration as East Africa Community,” said Kirumira.

Meanwhile, the host university Ndejje retained the overall trophy taking it for the seventh time  after collecting 59 gold, 39 silver and 26 bronze medals in total 124, followed by the giants Makerere University who walked away with 21 gold, 20 silver and 27 bronze medals, while their rivals Makerere University Business School (MUBS) finished in  third position with 15 gold, 6 silver and 19 bronze medals with Kenyatta University  taking  the 4th position with 9 goal, 21 silver and 33 bronze medals.

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