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Museveni answers FUFA’s call

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (left) being received at Namboole stadium by FUFA boss Lawrence Mulindwa

President Yoweri Museveni has been quoted in the government daily, The New Vision this Thursday to have directed his minister of finance to avail Shs.350m (about U$ 130.000) towards the Cranes team development annually starting the coming financial year.

“By copy of this letter, therefore, I now direct the Minister of Finance to contribute Shs.350m each year to run the association”, The Government daily quoted the president to have written to his Minister of Finance. The federation has received this pledge with a lot of excitement as the funding would help a lot in narrowing the team’s financial gaps. FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa applauded the Head of State saying, ‘His Excellency has answered our call and we are very grateful’. He however added that the federation was yet to receive an official communication through the line ministry of education and sports.

Just days before the Uganda Cranes played Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Kampala on Oct 8, President Museveni visited the camp and made a cash contribution of Shs.50m. He also promised more financial support to the team. “This is significant that the Head of State appreciates the work we are doing and he has now embarked on the campaign to kick poverty out of the Cranes camp” Mulindwa added. While at Namboole stadium early October, Mulindwa asked Museveni to consider extending more financial and material support to the Cranes. “I am happy that just a month later, the president has answered my call” Mulindwa remarked.

Museveni’s letter was reportedly copied to his vice President Edward Ssekandi, the Prime Minister Amama Patrick Mbabazi and the minister of state for sports Charles Bakabulindi. The president also directed that the players that make it to the national squad be given a stipend of at least Shs.1m per month.

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