MPs Contribute Sh215m to Uganda Cranes
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige to deduct Shs500,000 from MPs’ emoluments to support the national football team.
The poorly facilitated Uganda Cranes will be representing the country in the African Cup of Nations tournament which is yet to start in Gabon.
Presiding over the Tuesday plenary, Kadaga noted that Parliament last year pledged to offer financial support to the Uganda Cranes in the wake of their victory over Comoros to secure a place in this year’s cup tournament.
The Speaker appreciated the Cranes team and its goalkeeper, Denis Onyango for flying the country’s flag high by winning accolades in the recent CAF award ceremony which took place in Nigeria.
Cranes qualified for AFCON 2017 for the first time since 1978 and was named Africa’s team of the year 2016. Onyango was crowned African based player of the year and was also named among the world’s top 10 goalkeepers.
“When we qualified for the finals, we had agreed that we contribute. I will be going to the board and I would like to go with the cheque. If members don’t mind can we agree that the funds be deducted immediately,” Kadaga proposed.
After the house seconded her proposal, Kadaga directed the Clerk to immediately conduct the transaction so as to prepare a cheque to be delivered next week.
Uganda cranes team is currently in a trip in Dubai as it prepares for the AFCON. Uganda will start by playing against Ghana on 17th January 2017.