Budiope West Member of Parliament Robert Musoke, also a member on the education and sports committee has strongly condemned the use of non-bonafide students in school sporting competitions.
Musoke was officiating at the official opening of the 2019 Fresh Dairy Secondary School games at Mbale S.S on Monday as chief guest.
Addressing the participants, head teachers, local leaders and invited guests, Musoke urged the schools to avoid the use of illegible students as it kills the spirit of talent development and competitiveness.
Hon. Robert Musoke, MP Budiope West
Schools should desist from using non-bonafide students it blocks the progress of the genuine students
The official opening of the week-long games that include football (girls), rugby 15’s (boys), lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, badminton and hockey (either gender) was held on Monday.
The official launch was also graced by Commissioner of Sports, Omara Apitta, Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSA) President Alfred Patrick Okanya, Fresh Dairy marketing manager Vincent Omoth.
Omoth also confirmed the three bursaries that will be given to the best three sportsmen in basketball (two) and rugby at Strathmore University in Kenya.
Okanya rewarded the three previous USSSA Presidents Hajji Ali Muganga, Fred Ghandi and Hajji Badru Ssentongo.
We are so grateful of the sponsors for these games (Fresh Dairy) for the financial support given towards the smooth running. We are humbled for the positive cooperation of all the schools that have prepared good teamsAlfred Patrick Okanya, President USSSA
The games started on Sunday and will climax this Saturday with the best schools eyeing slots to the 2019 East Africa Secondary school games in Arusha, Tanzania.
A total of 140 schools are in contention.
In some of the early games on Monday, Buddo S.S continued with their dominance in girls’ basketball with a 50-19 victory over Seroma Christian High School.
Exodus beat Hope Biira 48-44 in a closely contested duel as Cranes High School girls team beat Nyakasura 29-26.
Naalya S.S overcame Gayaza High School 43-12.
Kakungulu Memorial out-witted Jinja College 3-0, Caltec Academy condemned Seroma Christian School 3-0 and Seeta High won by the same score over Busoga College, Mwiri.
St Noah Girls smiled 4-1 over Biyaya from Adjumani with Sandra Kisakye, Rhoda Nanziri, Atiba Namaganda and Aisha Nantongo all scoring for the Zana based school.
Mania Shamila scored the consolation for Biyaya.
Defending champions Kawempe Muslim humiliated St Catherine 12-0 in a one sided match played at the Mbale Cricket play ground.
Masaka S.S defeated Amugu 2-0, St Peter’s drew one all with Kayindu and Panyadoli lost 2-1 to Mukono High School.
In girls’ hockey, Namagunga overcame Gayaza High School 4-0, Bwereyanji won by the same score over Naalya S.S.
St Charles lost to Namilyango 4-0 in boy’s hockey and Ntare School won 3-0 over Kawempe Muslim.
The games continue on Tuesday with match day three in all the sports.