Thousands brave the rain for Kabaka's Run
Publish Date: Apr 06, 2014
Thousands brave the rain for Kabaka's Run
Kabaka Mutebi flags off the race. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
  • mail
  • img

By James Bakama 

THOUSANDS of people braved the early morning rain Sunday to participate in the Kabaka Birthday Run.

Flagged off by King Ronald Mutebi at the Lubiri palace, this year’s event registered the biggest entry.

Heavy rains had the start delaying by close to 30 minutes. The delay had runners’ in the 5, 10 and 21 kilometer events flagged off together. (See Live news feeds at bottom of story)

Proceeds of the run marking Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s 59th birthday will be in aid of the fight against Fistula.

“It’s been a big success. On behalf of the King, I thank everyone who got involved in this campaign. The big numbers are testimony to the huge support towards the fight against fistula,” said the Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga.

MP Muhammad Nsereko (center) took part in the race. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Artiste Mesarch Ssemakula (centre) tackles the tough conditions. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Mayiga urged Ugandans to always engage in physical fitness activities like jogging to keep healthy.

Prince David Wasajja was the chief runner. He featured in the 21 km event together with Vision Group managing Director Robert Kabushenga.

Kabushenga, the organizing committee chairman of the race, was a happy man at the end of it all. “I thank all those who came on board.  The big numbers were proof of your support.”

Vision Group through its Bukedde newspaper brand has contributed sh110m towards the run. Telecommunication company Airtel offered sh100m.

Mukwano Group of Companies offered 1,440 bars of Meditex and Yeyo soap and boxes of petroleum jelly to Buganda Sports Minister Henry Sekabembe. Rwenzori gave 1000 cartons of mineral water.

Even the kids braved the early morning weather to take part in the race. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Participants of all ages took part in the gruelling race. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo

Kwagalana Group chairman Godfrey Kirumira gave sh1.25m towards the cause. Kwagalana is a social group of businessmen and women. There were numerous other offers.

The Kabaka’s Lake, Queens’s road, Uganda Museum, Mulago Hospital, Makerere University, Kibuli Mosque, Rubaga and Namirembe cathedrals are the landmark sites that runners in the 21km event passed.

Among the participants were members of parliament Latif Ssebagala, Ken Lukyamuzi, Mohammed Nsereko, Gonzaga Ssewungu and Sylvia Namabidde. Police Spokesperson Judith Nabakoba also run the 10km.


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kassim Ouma eyes boxing comeback
FORMER World Champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma is dreaming again of returning to top flight boxing...
SC Villa could lose CAF slot
FUFA has given Sports Club Villa Jogoo a deadline of Friday, November 27, 2015 to commit on representing Uganda at the CAF Confederations Cup or lose the opportunity to KCCA FC...
ALL STARS: Alberto Luque ready
THE Uganda All Stars versus Barcelona charity match will offer a mouthwatering experience for fans in the country...
We shall  learn from our mistakes
National soccer team head coach Micho Srodejovic has insisted that the national team will learn from their mistakes, as they prepare to take on Burundi in a must Win encounter at Hawasa National stadium, over 270km from Addis Ababa....
IAAF president Coe steps down from Nike role
IAAF president Sebastian Coe bowed to intense pressure and announced Thursday that he had stepped down from his paid role as an ambassador for Nike...
Runners want Kenya athletics officials sacked
Over 60 Kenyan athletes stormed the offices of Athletics Kenya (AK) offices to demand officials accused of corruption be sacked and for doping allegations to be properly investigated....
Is Uganda ready for the pope's visit?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter