Unlike what we usually see; Uganda Presidential Candidates: They have something in common.
They are from different camps. Stand for different values and beliefs from different backgrounds but never the less they share something in common; their love for sports. We may know them for so many other different things from before but sports was at one point of time a thing in their lives.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Whenever he hosted sportsmen or teams or federations, Museveni has often spoken he was an active sportsman back in his heyday at Ntare School.
During his presidency, he has publicly played football, most times juggling a ball whenever he gets an opportunity. One of the most common pictures of him with a ball is when he scored for the NRM team against a Fufa squad under the late Denis Obua at Namboole Stadium on October 16, 1999.
Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine
The self-proclaimed Ghetto president is an avid boxer with an unscathed 1-0 record.
On December 19, 2008, Kyagulanyi took his boxing love a notch higher by knocking out Sudanese Mohammed Swalley inside 56 seconds. This was an undercard fight at Lugogo Indoor Arena on a night Peter ‘Boyz Boyz’ Semo and Abdu ‘The Cobra’ Tebazalwa retained their Universal Boxing Organization crowns.
The pop politician has also previously told of how he used to play football before and in the early stages of his teenage days.
Well! As we may not sure yet how the presidential polls will turn out, we are sure of one thing, among the three candidates, the only Lady in the races beats them in the Sports Arena.
When she joined St Mary’s College Namagunga for O-Level, Kalembe played volleyball and lawn tennis at national level. She was ladies’ singles seed number two in 1995 and with her doubles partner Clara Wekesa, they were the best duo in the country at the time at U-18 level.
She was also netball captain and on track. At Makerere University, she was the athletics’ captain in 2004 and a year later captained the swimming team where she concentrated on the breaststroke, backstroke and front crawl as well as freestyle styles over the 50m and 100m.
She captained the swimming team that scooped 24 gold medals among other silver and bronze medals at the 2005 East Africa University Games.
“I never did butterfly because you have to have a very strong chest to do that event. But because I was an athlete, it gave me an added advantage to do breaststroke and backstroke because my lower limbs were strong,” she added.
In athletics, Kalembe qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, over the 100m, 200m and 400m.
“I remember for 100m, I qualified with 12.73 seconds at the time Marion Jones, who was the best in the world, was doing 11.73 sec. So I was exactly a second behind her,” she notes.
But why didn’t she travel? “We did the procedure, they took our passports but we were later told that there was no money.” a comment that hits the last blow and shatters a dream.
SOURCE & PHOTO CREDIT: MONITOR