By Petride Mudoola
UGANDA Prisons are preparing several rewards for their employee Stephen Kiprotich following his World Athletics Championship success in Moscow. Chief among the rewards is a promotion in rank.
The Commissioner General of Prisons Dr. Johnson Byabashaija told New Vision Sport in an interview yesterday that: “You know Kiprotich is now an Olympic Champion as well as a World Champion. He is a great champion; he ought to be rewarded appropriately. For that matter, plans are underway to accord him a hero’s welcome,” Byabashaija said.
Apart from gold, the victory also earned Kiprotich $60,000 (sh150m). According to Byabashaija, Kiprotich’s promotion will be in line with the Uganda Prison Service’s policy of recognizing and promoting its sportsmen and women.
Kiprotich, who joined Uganda Prison Service in 2008 as a prison warder, was last year elevated seven positions to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Prisons in recognition of his performance after winning the 2012 London Olympics Marathon. Similar to his promotion,
Jackson Kiprop a corporal with Uganda Prisons was also promoted to Chief Warder 3 after winning the Mumbai marathon in 2012.
Byabashaija could not readily declare the new rank set for Kiprotich.
“In prisons, we are even running out of superlatives to describe him,” he said.