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Parliament honours Moses Kipsiro

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th October 2010 03:00 AM

PARLIAMENT yesterday passed a motion recognising and paying tribute to Moses Ndiema Kipsiro for winning two gold medals for Uganda at the Commonwealth games in New Delhi, India recently.

PARLIAMENT yesterday passed a motion recognising and paying tribute to Moses Ndiema Kipsiro for winning two gold medals for Uganda at the Commonwealth games in New Delhi, India recently.

By Milton Olupot
and Catherine Bekunda


PARLIAMENT yesterday passed a motion recognising and paying tribute to Moses Ndiema Kipsiro for winning two gold medals for Uganda at the Commonwealth games in New Delhi, India recently.

Sports state minister Charles Bakkabulindi moved the motion, which was seconded by Toskin Bertille, Tete Chelangat and Elijah Okupa, during a session presided over by the Speaker, Edward Ssekandi.

Kipsiro, donned in a red short-sleeved jersey and his two gold medals, listened attentively in the VIP gallery as the MPs showered him with praises. He was flanked by Capt. Juma Seiko, a prominent figure in the Sebei region.

Kipsiro won the gold medals in the 10,000 and 5,000 metre races, upsetting a strong Kenyan contingent.

He became the first runner to win both events at the Commonwealth Games since 1938, when Cecil Matthews of New Zealand won the three and six-mile races.

Bakkabulindi expressed appreciation that Kipsiro, in spite of his humble background, had through determination and love for Uganda excelled in athletics.

Parliament resolved to congratulate the athlete and pay tribute to his achievement.

“Parliament formally registers recognition of the great honour and pride that Kipsiro has earned, especially for the country and the people of Uganda, which feat ought to automatically qualify him for consideration as a national hero,” Bakkabulindi said.

The House also resolved to increase funding for sports, especially for grassroots sports development.

Bakkabulindi said the Cabinet had decided to reward Kipsiro with a house and a four-wheel-drive car. This is in addition to the sh20m President Yoweri Museveni gave the athlete.

Prime Minister Prof. Apolo Nsibambi said Kipsiro had contributed significantly to marketing the image of Uganda.

Parliament honours Moses Kipsiro

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