Government has denied ever promising any financial gift to the Uganda Cranes team as a token of appreciation for making it to the continental competition the African Cup of Nations.
Uganda Cranes made it to AFCON 2017 after defeating Comoros with one goal down which was a historical victory after almost 40 years of non-fruitful campaigns.
Ever since the victory on September 4, a lot of allegations have been spreading that government promised to give each player USD10,000 but turned round and gave only USD1000 which has angered the public.
This prompted the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to order Government to come out and clarify on the matter while contributing to a motion to pay tribute to the team moved by Ajuri County legislator, Hamson Obua.
In his response, the State Minister for Sports Charles Bakabulinde told the house that government has never made any financial promise to the team revealing that if there will be such an arrangement, the whole country will be clearly notified.
“Government never promised to give $10, 000 to each Cranes player and therefore has never given $1000, all this has just been rumour making rounds,” Bakabulinde told the house on Thursday.
The Shadow Minister of Sports, Allan Sewanyana told journalists that it’s so good that now the matter has been clarified by government which is his job as the opposition to cause it to say the truth.
“Am happy that government didn’t promise anything to the team because it has propagated on lies and propaganda that they have done so many things for the team yet actually nothing has been done to appreciate the players,” Sewanyana said.
“The public should now know that their government has not given anything to the boys a part from now what Parliament has passed a contribution of Sh500, 000 from each member.”