Besigye Promises To Renovate Municipal Playgrounds

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Dr. Kizza Besigye says the lack of government attention to playgrounds in the country is discouraging young talent from taking on sports.

Presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye promises to renovate all municipal playgrounds in the country, if he is elected president.

While campaigning on Thursday at Fort Portal municipal playgrounds, Besigye accused the government of neglecting the facilities, which he said is affecting sports development in the country.

The Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer says in all the districts he has visited, playgrounds are in a poor state. 

"Look at this playground. It is not different from the other grounds in the country. It is a big disappointment that for thirty years, the government has failed to renovate the playgrounds," Besigye said. 

Besigye told supporters that new playgrounds will generate revenue to the municipalities and sports teams.

The municipal playground in Fort Portal has been in deplorable state for many years. It lacks sufficient sanitation facilities, changing rooms and shades for officials and spectators. 

There is no perimeter wall, and the ground is now used for grazing cows and goats. When it rains, football matches have to be postponed because the surface of the pitch becomes muddy and flooded.

The government is yet to fulfill its promise of renovating the playground. 

Michael Wandera, a sports fan in the area welcomes Besigye's proposal. Wandera says that there is talent, but there is lack of funds to promote the sport.

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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