President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to buy a bus for the Acholi FUFA Drum football team that will help facilitate their movement during the national tournament.
The President made the pledge Saturday while speaking in Omoro district where he was attending the thanksgiving ceremony of the Omoro Woman MP, Catherine Lwamaka. In making the pledge, Museveni was responding to a request made by the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah who is the Omoro county MP and also patron for the Acholi FUFA Drum team.
“Your Excellency, Acholi region has participated in the FUFA Drum, a national competition, and we are doing very well. Considering what we have been through, we are doing very well,” Oulanyah told the President at the event.
“They (football team) have asked me to be their patron and they have asked me to arrange for a small bus, not a big one,” he added.
He said he inquired from Indian automobile company, Ashok Leyland on the price of the bus, and he found out it costs USD 70,000 (Shs 264m).
“They told me that a bus bigger than a coaster but smaller than the coach goes for USD 70,000. We have raised USD 10,000. I am asking you to give us USD 6,000 so that in the next match, our team is able to move not by bus (public) or boda boda like they are doing because the risk is too much,” Oulanyah told the President.
In response, Museveni said: “When Oulanyah asks me for anything, of course I grant him his request”.
The second edition of the FUFA Drum Competition was launched in March this year.
A total of 16 provinces from across Uganda are participating in the tournament organized by the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
In the new format this year, all the quarter-finalists will converge in one venue and play to determine the champion.
The man of the match cash prize (Shs 100,000) and the plaque will be maintained this season and FUFA will provide transport, accommodation and feeding, and financial assistance to all the provinces.
Competing provinces are: Buganda, Lango, Busoga, Tooro, Kampala, Rwenzori, West Nile, Bunyoro, Acholi, Karamoja, Ankole, Sebei, Bugisu, Kigezi, Mbale, Bukedi and Teso.