Parliament will hand over a cheque worth Ugx 215 million shillings to the Uganda Cranes football team to support its campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) games in Gabon.
The money, which will be a deduction of Ugx 500, 000 from each of the 431 Members of Parliament, is a contribution pledged by the 10th Parliament when the Uganda Cranes qualified for the AFCON games in Gabon starting this weekend.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, told MPs during the plenary sitting on January 10, 2017, that following a commitment by Parliament to give the money to the Cranes, it was prudent that the funds are channeled to the team when in Gabon.
She directed the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige to have the funds processed.
“I will be going to Gabon and would want to go with their cheque so if members don’t find, can we agree that the funds be deducted from your salaries so we can support them and give them more courage,” Kadaga requested.
Kadaga also congratulated Cranes goalkeeper, Denis Onyango and the Cranes team, for being awarded during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards in Abuja, Nigeria as African player of the year and team of the year 2016 respectively.
She lauded Onyango for being named among the top 10 goalkeepers in the world.
During the afternoon sitting, the House unanimously passed a motion moved by Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua, congratulating Onyango and the Cranes team for being recognized by CAF for their contribution towards football on the continent.
Obua noted that while the team should be lauded, government needs to be supported financially in its quest to compete favorably on the continent and international tournaments.