President Yoweri Museveni has attributed the recent sport’s success Uganda is enjoying to steady leadership and prayer spearheaded by the minister for education and sports Janet Museveni.
The President was addressing guests at Statehouse during national prayers ahead of the country’s Independence Day.
“What she actually took to the ministry is collegiality, steady leadership, and prayer. In the past State ministers in that docket openly disagreed which has since ended and thus focus on targets whose results are now noticeable”.
The first lady and also minister for education and sports Janet Museveni actually reiterated what the President had alluded to.
“I said a few months back that God was going to use sports to make Uganda a household word around the globe and he is doing it so quickly. So I wanted us to congratulate our son Joshua Cheptegei who has broken another third world record. In this one year of COVID-19, he has done a truly good job and has made Uganda proud. The First Lady went on and on in applause of the 24-year-old Ugandan who holds the 10k and 5k (track) and the 5 and 15k(road) world records.
Uganda athletics federation President Dominic Otucet is also ecstatic.
“Joshua has shown character and proved that if you determine to achieve; nothing can stand in your way,” he said.
On top of Joshua Cheptegei’s athletics triumphs, Uganda has enjoyed good spells in other disciplines like the Uganda Cranes that after a 39-absence at the Africa cup of nations(had last played at the 1978 edition) are now seeking to return to the showpiece for a third consecutive appearance.
The women’s netball national team is also making world cup participation a habit and the national junior girls’ football team just 180 minutes away from a world cup appearance with all this as many Uganda sports administrators also continue to get enrolled on international bodies like the International Olympic Committee.