By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Uganda Prisons Service on Monday emerged overall winners with six(6) gold medals, two(2) silver medals and one(1) bronze in the 14th Inter-forces games and championship which attracted participants from Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF), Uganda Police Force(UPF), Uganda Prisons Service(UPS) and Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA).
Uganda Police Force emerged the second with two(2) gold medals, five(5) silver medals and one(1) bronze, followed by UPDF with one(1) silver medal, six(6) bronze medals and UWA trailing with one(1) gold medal according to a statement from UPDF Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire.
The games were held at Mandela National Stadium Namboole, Land Forces headquarters - Bombo and Kigo Range shooting grounds.
The State Minister for Education and Sports, Hon Charles Bakkabulindi who was the Chief Guest presided over the closing ceremony that included various games in Football, Athletics, Range shooting, Volley ball, Netball, Taekwondo, Boxing and Darts.
Hon Bakkabulindi thanked all the teams for participating and making the games possible.
"Sports not only improves on an individual's physical and mental capability but also builds discipline amongst the participating armed forces," he said.
Hon Bakkabulindi encouraged the forces to maintain their spirit of cooperation both at work and in other activities like inter forces games.
Representing the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu said all participants are winners since all forces have always jointly participated in security operations with a high level of discipline.
He emphasized the fact that sports build individual physical fitness and personal discipline. He urged participating armed forces to sign an MOU for sports activities.
The CDF Gen Muhoozi gave a bull to each participating force and an unspecified amount of money to the best individual performer in each sports discipline.
The games were played on a round robin format where all the four participating teams(UPDF, UPF,UPS, UWA) had to face each other in all disciplines
Winning teams and participants from every sports discipline were awarded with trophies and medals.
Inter forces games and championships are annual fraternal sporting activities with a strategic sporting objective of continuously, deliberately, and consciously enhancing joint national operations for sustainable national security and socio-economic development and transformation.
Next year the games will be hosted by Uganda Prisons Service (UPS).
Deputy IGP Brig Sabiiti Muzeyi, Deputy Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Kavuma, the Chief of Staff Air Forces Brig James Birungi, Commissioner General of Representative of the UPS, Commissioner General and Executive Director UWA Mr. Samuel Mwandah, among others were present at the closing ceremony.