Janet Raps Parents on Poor Nutrition

Thousands of participants from the Eastern Africa region graced the successful inaugural edition of the Airtel Afrika Mashariki Half Marathon that was held at the Kololo Independence Ground in Kampala on Sunday.

The event was graced by a host of dignitaries from the athletics and other sporting fraternity including Ugandan Kickboxing champion, physician Moses Golola and current miss Uganda Leila Kalanguka.

This year’s event ran under the theme ‘Healthy citizens for regional integration and support to Lake Victoria Environmental Conservation’. All the proceeds will be used to plant trees in Jinja and other environment conservation activities.

Ugandans flourished in the Men’s category for 10 and 20 kilometer races sweeping clean all the podium places.

In 10 km, Thomas Ayieko claimed the gold, 8 seconds and 17 seconds in front of Abdallah Mande and Alex Cherop who came in second and third place respectively.

Ayieko clocked 27 minutes and 25 seconds exactly.  Ben Somikwo won the 21km prize after clocking 1 hour 5 minutes and 56seconds ahead of Ezekiel Chepkirop [1:06:05] and Patrick Cherwoto [1:06:29].

Suzan Kosgei from Kenyan was the only non-Ugandan in the podium place after scooping the women’s race after 31 minutes 52 seconds and 6 microseconds. Janat Chemisto [31:54.03] and Doreen Chemutai [32:00.05] completed the other top-three finish. Women only participated in the 10km race.

Full results:


Men- 10km

1 Thomas Ayieko (UGA) 27:25.00

2 Abdallah Mande (UGA) 27:33.01

3 Alex Cherop (UGA) 27:42.07

Men- 21km

1 Ben Somikwo (UGA) 1:05:56

2 Ezekiel Chepkirop (UGA) 1:06:05

3 Patrick Cherwoto (UGA) 1:06:29

Women -10Km

1 Suzan Kosgei (KENYA) 31:52.06

2 Janat Chemisto (UGA) 31:54.03

3 Doreen Chemutai (UGA) 32:00.05
First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni has urged parents in Uganda to give more attention to the diet of their young children noting that a number sicknesses are as a result of poor nutrition.

Janet told residents of Sheema district last Friday that many Ugandans are still shamelessly stuck to the old and poor feeding habits despite the tremendous development attained in different sectors in the country” Janet said

She made the remarks during the celebrations to mark women’s international day in Sheema district.

Mrs Museveni reminded the residents that government though commitment over the past years had managed to wipe out killers diseased such as small pox and polio.

She urged parents to embrace the practice of parking food for their school-going children, page adding that most pupils are malnourished because they are not having much to eat at school.

Janet Museveni who earlier commissioned the Sheema women resource center said that the effort to fight malnutrition should not be left to health workers alone but requires concerned efforts from different partners to map out strategies to reduce the burden.


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