Hon Ssekandi greets AUUS president Peninah Kabenge Aligawesa as the vice chancellor of University of Kisubi looks on (PHOTO: David Isabirye)
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi signs on the official 18th AUUS Games logo (Photo: David Isabirye)

18th Association of Uganda Universities Sports (AUUS) Games

  • 15th – 20th December 2019
  • At University of Kisubi (UNIK)

Theme: ‘Celebrating Sports and Science Innovation’

The 18th Association of Uganda Universities Sports (AUUS) Games have been launched successfully by the vice president for the Republic of Uganda on Thursday, 2nd May 2019 at the University of Kisubi (UNIK).

Ssekandi perfected the launch of the games ear marked for 15th – 20th December 2019 at the aforementioned institution with a call for kind hearted people to help contribute generously towards the eventual success of the week long event under the theme ‘Celebrating sports and science innovation’.

In the same vein, Ssekandi made a personal contribution of Shs 2M to kick start a fundraising campaign that will see funds raised to help in the smooth organization.

He was officially warmly received by the university administrators including  the Chancellor, Brother Peter Kazekulya, Vice Chancellor Professor John Mary Ssebuwufu, AUUS president Peninah Kabenge Aligwesa, other AUUS committee members as well as delegates on the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

Hon. Ssekandi is greeted by the Assistant General Secretary, National Council of Sports David Ssemakula Katende (Photo: David Isabirye)

Ssekandi, on behalf of the Government promised to lobby for the games propersity.

I am happy to be with you as we inaugurate the 18th edition of the AUUS. I congratulate AUUS for conceiving the idea of holding such games since 1992 during the inaugural games held at Kyambogo Institute. The first games had four institutions, but now there 30 plus. This is a worthy achievement. The leadership of AUUS deserve applause. The current Vice Chancellor of UNIK was part of the group at Kyambogo that mooted the idea of these games.  Sports is a tool to health living. Government is encouraging every Ugandan to regularly engage in some form of physical exercises. I thank the universities that have over the years hosted. No doubt UINK has the capacity to host these games. Government will support and personally I lead the fundraising with a contribution of Shs 2M.

Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Vice President of Uganda
VP Edward Ssekandi signs in the visitors book as Peninah Kabenge smiles (Photo: David Isabirye)
Pro Ssebufu shows off the Shs 2M in the envelope (Photo: David Isabirye)

Prof. Ssebufu, the  Vice Chancellor University of Kisubi (UNIK) thanked Ssekandi for honouring the call, lauding AUUS for granting them the opportunity to host the games where at least 30 universities are expected.

As an old student at St. Mary’s College Kisubi, we are happy to see you here for the launch of the 18th AUUS games at UNIK. It was a celebration of a very special honour when AUUS gave us the onus to host the games. Admittedly, this is a mamooth challenge being a young university. But, no doubt, we are set to encounter it. We are therefore launching a fundraising drive to help raise funds that will help us see us through smoothly. I thank AUUS for entrusting us with the task to organize these games.

Pro. John Mary Ssebuwufu, Vice Chancellor University of Kisubi
The official 2019 AUUS Games logo being displayed publically for the first time (Photo: David Isabirye)

In her remarks, AUUS President Peninah Kabenge expressed gratitude upon the boldness exhibited by University of Kisubi to host these game.

We are so happy that you are here with us. We are pleased to have you as the 18th AUUS Games host. You are the fresh kid on the block. You have just become a member but ready to host. We are aware of your capacity. Good enough, the Vice Chancellor has a wealth of experience with organizing such games. These games are helping to build capacity within member universities. I know these games will leave Kisubi with better sports infrasactruture and will cast a legacy in this university. It is not a small duty to host over 30 universities but we are confident that you shall manage. These games are for today’s stars and tomorrow’s leaders. With collective responsibility, these games will be a complete success. Therefore administrators,  local leaders, journalists, and everyone should play a role.

Peninah Kabenge Aligawesa, President AUUS
Group photo of AUUS. UNIK officials and LOC members with VP Ssekandi (Photo: David Isabirye)

Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Sports David Ssemakula Katende appreciated AUUS in a special way for uplifting the games standards and providing the plat form to supply the respective national teams.

AUUS is one of those recognized sports bodies that we give priority in terms of funding. I thank the leadership of this university who made the right decision to host these games.  Sports world over is a celebrated human activity and it is part of humanity. UNIK is therefore playing within the lines. Sport besides, is a super tool. It helps to celebrate victory and global visibility. I also thank the Government through you for the support that has been extended to sports. We shall work with AUUS to make these games a success. World over, national Teams by sustained by universities. We therefore take sports in universities as a key component.

David Ssemakula Katende, Assistant General Secretary National Council of Sports
Katende signs on 2019 AUUS Games Theme banner (Photo: David Isabirye)
David Katende interviewed by the media (Photo: David Isabirye)

The Chancellor,  Brother Peter Kazekulya hinted on the essence of sports vis-à-vis education, praising the leadership of AUUS under Peninah Kabenge.

It is humbling that the President of AUUS is a lady. On 6th June 2019, the brothers of Christians will be celebrating 200 years, 178 of which were in Africa. Education is for the body, mind, heart and the spirit of which sports falls in between. We hope that University of Kisubi (UNIK) wins these games.

Brother Peter Kazekulya , Chancellor, University of Kisubi
AUUS officials hand over the binding contractual documents to LOC members (Photo: David Isabirye)

For starters, the AUUS Games were started in 1992.

This year, at least 30 universities are expected to competed at University of Kisubi (UNIK) in the disciplines of football, netball, athletics, badminton, swimming, tennis, wood ball, chess, rugby, table tennis, handball, Taekwondo and Karate.

Local Organizing Committee:

  • President: Celestine Kakooza
  • Vice President Administration: Pius Ochwo
  • Vice President Secretary: Christine Kisiriko
  • Vice President Finance: Bro Augustine Tumwebaze
  • Welfare and Accommodation: Edward Mutesassira
  • Media and Publicity: Charles Ssenteza
  • Deputy Media and Publicity: Christine Kisiriko
  • Facilities: Ronald Mugalu
  • Security: Saturday Eric Baguma
  • Other members: Julius Lukwago, Vicent Kisenyi, Patrick Ssebuliba, Florence Nakamanya

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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