By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda national senior men’s football team – the Uganda Cranes on Friday received a new all-white 67-seater bus from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
‘This is the newly acquired Uganda Cranes Van. We appreciate His Excellence the President of Uganda through NCS (National Council of Sports) that funded the procurement of the brand new vehicle,’ NCS said a statement on Friday regarding the issue.
The new bus is meant to replace the old one FUFA got several years ago.
In January 2018, President Museveni promised a new bus for the Uganda Cranes team following their visit to Rwakitura, President Museveni’s country home.
Then, (2018), Linda Nabusayi Wamboka, the President’s press secretary noted that, “Government to handle Shs1bn compensation to accident victims. Pledges new Cranes bus”. This was fully fulfilled on Friday.
In 2016, the old Uganda Cranes bus got involved in an accident injuring three players; Denis Okot, Hassan Wasswa Dazo and Kezironi Kizito although the trio suffered minor injuries.
The accident occurred while in transit from Soroti Municipality where the team had gone to meet President Museveni during the campaigns for the 2016 elections. The president later compensated the insurance money of the accident victims.
A few days ago, Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi lauded the president for his devoted support towards sports and the new bus offer might be an affirmation on the minister’s statements.
About a year ago, the national women’s netball team, who are the Africa Champions, also received a bus from government through parliament. This was after the team bemoaned lack of proper transport means even domestically.
First Lady Janet Museveni, who is also the minister of education and sports together with speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga have always offered support to the ladies netball team.