By Petride Mudoola
UGANDA Prison Service has promoted Mumbai marathon winner Jackson Kiprop, the rank of Chief Warder 3 Officer.
The 26-year-old Kiprop, formerly a corporal warder, was elevated at the Prisons Headquarters last week.
The event was presided over by the Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.
Kiprop moved up the ladder after winning the Mumbai marathon for the first time recently.
Byabashaija said that the runner’s promotion is in line with the prison service policy of recognising its excellent sportsmen and women.
“We are promoting you to that position because you did Uganda proud, you also brought honour to prisons department,” Byabashaija said at the colourful event.
“You deserve recognition but make sure that you safeguard the honour.”
The prison’s publicist Frank Baine said that following the promotion, Kiprop’s salary will be increased.
The official added that the runner could be allocated a house befitting his current status.
Kiprop vowed to work hard for more success.
He joined the prisons service in 2005 and has since been stationed at Prison’s Training School.
Kiprop joins compatriot Stephen Kiprotich who was promoted after winning marathon gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Kiprotich became the second Uganda to win an Olympic gold after John Akii Bua’s 400m hurdles feat at the 1972 Munich Games.