Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has been awarded Sh100million by the Uganda Motocross Club (UMC)
The money is a token of appreciation from the recently concluded Inaugural Armed Forces Appreciation Motocross Championship. The event, a show piece between international riders and locals, at the Uganda Motocross Arena (UMA) Busiika on 6th October 2019 registered a huge crowd that turned up to witness the motorbike competition amongst teams drawn from USA, Belgium, France, DRC, Israel, South Africa and the host Uganda.
The CDF Gen David Muhoozi received the dummy cheque and the Sh100million cash on Tuesday. He appreciated the initiative to conduct such an event by both UPDF and Uganda Motocross, saying it creates a lot of opportunities to have fun, channel business between persons, strengthen the bond between the military and the population, and allows networking.
The One Hundred Million shillings was proceeds collected as gate fee and from sponsors, as a token to thank the UPDF for the enormous work done to secure the country and the region over a period of sustained peace, security and development.
During the Press Conference held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya, General Muhoozi emphasized that the Motocross show piece is a great innovation and continues to bring people closer to the army and vice-versa since UPDF is a Peoples’ Army. He commended both organizers and sponsors for being realistic to Uganda’s process of transformation.
The UPDF Chief of Staff Land Forces and Chairman Organizing Committee of the event, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, thanked the wanainchi who turned up to support the event and reiterated UPDF’s commitment towards supporting activities geared towards nation building.
The President of Uganda Motocross Championship Mr. Dusman Okee, the championship provided a platform for interaction between UPDF and civilians on top of proving to the world that UPDF is truly a Pro-People Army. He promised a better outreach next time and commended sponsors, most especially Vision Group for generously contributing towards the success of the event.