EAC Inter-parliamentary Games Kick Off in Burundi

MPs Nsereko and Ssekitoleko celebrating Uganda's goal against Burundi in Tanzania last year.

The 9th edition of the East African Community (EAC) Inter-parliamentary games start today in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The games are aimed at fostering unity among the national assemblies of the EAC member states.

Legislators from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan are expected to participate in the games which were earlier scheduled to take place in Juba, South Sudan, but withdrawn over poor infrastructure.

The games are played once a year and several games including football, athletics, basketball, volleyball, golf and basketball are played.

Tanzania hosted last year’s games where Uganda bagged the highest number of trophies

The Ugandans won eight trophies in Dar es Salaam, three wins from three games and helped them seal a back-to-back soccer championship.

Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko scored the highest number of goals took the golden boot for a second year, he had won the boat in 2016 as well.

In athletics, law makers Julius Acon, Mbwatekamwa Gafa, Aza Tom, Koyekyenga, Adeke Anna helped Uganda to win 100, 800, and 1500 metres races and the 4×100 relay races respectively.

MP Katooto Hatwib was the best overall male golf player and Captain Evelyn Asiimwe emerged the best female player of the tournament.

But, will male football team be able to defend the soccer title as well as the rest of the MPs shine in this year’s games as they did last year? Well, only time will tell.

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