Top Athletes Earn UGX5 Million Monthly Stipend from State House

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Top Ugandan athletes who have won gold medals at International meets are earning UGX5 million from government.

Top Ugandan athletes who have won medals at International meets are earning a monthly stipend of UGX5 million from government.

Dominic Otuchet,  The president of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) revealed to URN in an exclusive interview that Olympic Gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Moses Kipsiro are some of the beneficiaries of the initiative.

Stephen Kiprotich holds the first ever Ugandan medal in Olympics marathon while Kipsiro, the four-time Ugandan cross country champion, has won medals in the 5000m at the African Championships in Athletics and the All-Africa Games and three Gold medals at the commonwealth games in Delhi and Glasgow.
Otuchet explained that this initiative was started by the President Yoweri Museveni in appreciation of the athletes performance at International meets.

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He explained that the government through the President's office put in place this motivational aspect to have gold medal winners earn UGX5 million, while the silver medal winners get UGX3 million. He added that the athletes will earn the monthly stipend until they stop running.

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Otuchet said this monthly stipend is motivating many young athletes in the country because they are all working hard towards making this list. He said the stipend helps the athletes top up on the different cash prizes they win during championships and the allowances from their respective teams.

Besides the track and field athletes opposition members of Parliament in Uganda in September this year proposed that the national football team players are paid a monthly stipend by government.

Shadow Minister for Education and Sports, Jacinto Ogwal proposed to government during the Parliament's debate of the Education and Sports sector Ministerial Policy Statement and Budget Estimates for the financial year 2014/2015. Ogwal noted that the achievement of the Uganda Cranes over the years needs motivation.