Uganda Parliament dominate 12th edition of EAC games

Uganda Parliament dominate 12th edition of EAC games

By Our Reporter

The 12th edition of the East African Community inter-parliamentary games climaxed in Juba, South Sudan, with Uganda Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa and South Sudan’s Vice President, Dr James Wani Igga, gracing the closing ceremony.

Tayebwa hailed the games as a panacea to deepening the East African Community integration, and that allowing South Sudan to host the competition was a mark of confidence in the country’s capabilities.

The ladies basketball team (in red) after beating Kenya to lift the title. Courtesy photo 

“Once we go back home, let each of us move a motion to congratulate South Sudan for hosting the games, because they defied the biases and prejudices that the media has labeled on South Sudan. I congratulate South Sudan.

This successful event is a vote of confidence in the new nation and a vindication of our Speakers who chose South Sudan to host the games,” he said at the ceremony held at Freedom Hall, Juba.

Tayebwa emphasized the centrality of the games in ensuring a faster, more sustainable regional integration.

“Particularly through sport it is worth noting that the games are one of the mechanisms for strengthening relationships and integration among partner states,” he said.

Hailing the competition as historic, Vice President Wani, said the games are a sure way to strengthen integration.

“This historic sport was indeed very valuable and some people even compared it to the Olympics; these games have been enjoyable and remarkable. This goes a long way towards uniting the people. These games will contribute in cementing peace and unity not only in our region but the whole EAC,” he said.

Host Speaker, Jema Nunu Kumba, hailed the Speakers’ Bureau, the East African Community forum responsible for the games, for allowing the newest African nation to host the games.

“Today marks a significant milestone as MPs from EAC congregate on this auspicious occasion of the award night of the EAC games; we are truly one people with one destiny. I thank the Speakers Bureau for trusting the SSD with hosting this event despite the negative narrative against South Sudan in the media,” she said.

“Integration is progressive; we continue to build on the gains we have achieved so far; we should exploit the opportunity offered to us by sports,” she added.

Uganda got the better of the games, winning all but losing one game in football and basketball.

In athletics, Uganda was the best overall winning 14 gold medals, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals, after running the show at the Buluk Stadium in South Sudan from the various competitive categories.

In golf, Uganda Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, had an impressive showing in Nairobi, Kenya, giving Uganda a comfortable position in the final performances.

The best team men award went to Kenya collecting 117 points, Uganda finishing runners up men with 108 points and South Sudan in third position with 33 points, while in the ladies category, Uganda was best team collecting 138 points, Kenya taking the second position with 88 points and East Africa legislative assembly (EALA) in third position with 06 points.

In the individual awards best men overall went to Gen Gier Chuange of South Sudan with 33 points, the runners up men award to MP Fred Ikono of Kenya with 31 points while individual overall best ladies went to MP Caroline Kamusiime of Uganda with 42 points and runners up MP Judith Alyek of Uganda also with 42 points.

In darts, MP Ronald Balimwezo and his PWD counterpart MP Mpindi Bumali (Ind.) made their rivals rue their participation in the competition, where the two reigned supreme.

Meanwhile, besides losing some bouts in volleyball to Kenya, the team still maintained its dominance in Juba, where the raging temperature didn’t derail their ability to emerge victorious in the competition but in netball Uganda emerged victorious reclaiming the title from Tanzania who won it last year in Arusha.

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