Karamoja Technical Institutions Miss Games Over Lack of Funds

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She however, says three teams including Moroto Vocational Institute, Nakapiripirit and Abim Vocational Institute failed to show up despite the fact that they had paid the 160,000 shillings registration fee.

Vocational and Technical institutes in Karamoja region failed to participate in the just concluded regional sports competitions citing lack of funds. The three day competitions held in Soroti district only attracted four vocational institutions. They include St. Kizito technical Institute, Madera Technical Institute, Kaabong Technical Institute and Kaberamaido Technical Institute and Vocational Training Institute (VTI). Frances Alubo, the North East Regional Technical Committee secretary says they expected 12 teams to participate.

She however, says three teams including Moroto Vocational Institute, Nakapiripirit and Abim Vocational Institute failed to show up despite the fact that they had paid the 160,000 shillings registration fee.
She says that in addition to the registration fee, each institution was expected to pay 1.7 million shillings to cover the accommodation, feeding and medical fees of their participants. Alubo attributes the low up to lack of funds according to the communication she received from some of the affected institutes.

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Steve  Kawooli, the Principal Moroto Technical Institute told URN on phone that, his team was not able to participate in the North East Vocational Technical Institutions  games due to lack of funds. Kawooli said in addition to lack of funds, they lack a school truck to transport participants for such events. He explained that transporting each of the 20 participants by bus from Moroto to Soroti would cost them a fortune, which resources they don’t have. 

Participants competed n various disciplines such as Athletics, Football, Volleyball and Netball. Jesca Alum from Kaabong, the only vocational Institute that turned up from Karamoja won the 5000 meter race while Paul Omoda from St. Kizito vocational technical institute emerged winner of 100 meters.
 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.