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How Kiprotich Set National Record in Japan

By Patrick Bitature

Today I reach out to all Ugandans who have lost a loved one to the tragedy of death that leaves you feeling grossly cheated by fate and even shaking your faith in the Almighty God. I extend to you my sympathy and commiserate with you afresh.

Much as we are taught that death is inevitable and will certainly come to us all one day, physician http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-v1-1-endpoint.php we are never prepared enough for it, abortion even at the age of ninety.

Personally, I think it is even harder to bear with death when the loss is sudden and so abrupt like in an accident. It becomes even harder to fathom when it is completely unjustified and there is absolutely no one to protect you like the police, the courts of law or any arm of the State.

The State murdering its own people anywhere in the world goes against the principles of natural justice and is a sign of extreme and desperate madness of the leadership. It should never be allowed to happen, especially in Uganda where we paid such a high price as the rest of the world looked on; never again, never ever.

I pray that this lesson is etched in our history and our minds for generations to come as did the Jews that survived the holocaust and the people of Rwanda that survived the genocide.

“The world suffers a lot. Not only because of the violence of bad  people, But because of the silence of good people!”

Anybody who has grieved inconsolably over the death of a loved one knows it is such an excruciating pain that ends in an emptiness and sense of dire hopelessness. On the death of my father, I initially thought that surely this bottomless, unwavering sorrow and pain would amount to something. If I kept grieving hard for so long, he would stop being dead and return. But, alas! It is all for nothing, the blow of death is so severe and so final!

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Departure of my dad

I was thirteen when I lost my beloved father 40 years ago but still feel the gravity and weight of his premature departure vividly. To lose a loving parent at a tender age is terribly painful.To lose a parent in such a grotesque manner as I did at the hands of soldiers of Idi Amin was heart wrenching, and significantly changed my life trajectory irreversibly.I learnt so much from my father in the short time I knew him, and the rest I learned from my dear mother (RIP) who helped me develop a guiding “compass for life”.

My father’s death taught me many lessons, one cardinal one was that we don’t own anything in this world. We are merely passing through. We walked out of a fairly rich life and home as if we were going to the corner shop on that fateful day and never returned. We did not take any memorabilia or photos with us and never turned to even look back – “in fear of turning into salt” like Lot’s wife in the Bible. I learnt that day not to become too attached to material things. A person who is detached is not afraid to lose anything. We only lose what we cling to. Work hard and collect material wealth, but don’t be enslaved to material things.

Another lesson learned the hard way, but he had often told me before his demise was to value time and to work hard. I recall him saying this often. For most of us, one third of your life is spent sleeping. (8 out of 24 hours) so we only have two thirds of our life to work with.

You have to spend almost a third of this remaining time doing social things like time with family and friends, eating, and exercising. He would say to us, “don’t go to sleep at night without taking stock of what you had done that day. Unless you have done something useful on that day, better you go out there, dig a hole, and fill it rather than just go to sleep.” I took this to heart. Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not achieve anything meaningful with it.

Another lesson he taught me was the importance of discipline in everything you do in life, and the earlier you embraced it the better. You were your worst enemy or your best friend and this was binary. It is simply one or the other. You have to overcome the enemy within.

This was partly because he had been to Kitabi Seminary for a part of his life where he was taught to be disciplined and enriched spiritually.

He left in a hurry after a few years because he found celibacy a tall sacrifice. There were many positive things I could take from my father, but also I had to learn the things from his life that I was not to do, and, trying to please everyone and do everything was one such mistake.

I was very angry about his death and felt cheated and left hopeless for a while. I must thank the countless people that consoled me and the rest of my family. Those who were courageous enough to associate with us in those dark days, Those who helped us pick up the pieces to move on. Many have since passed on, but we as a family are forever grateful.

My true political heroes who have determined the landscape and the rules within which our society has lived and flourished in last 3 decades are the late President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and President Yoweri Museveni for they restored the bedrock of human values and principles of equity for all.

Strength

A special mention goes to Father Grimes the headmaster of Namasagali College, who kept me and my family spiritually grounded in spite of my confused feelings towards God the Almighty during that trying time. He played a fundamental role in shaping my attitude to life and taught me that I had to make an effort to move on. “Do not ask the Lord Almighty to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet. Even for him to pick you up when you fall requires you to move first.”

To paraphrase Shakespeare-“Laughing faces do not mean that there is absence of sorrow! But it means that they have the ability to deal with it”.

Dear Dad, we still miss you and pray that your soul rest in eternal peace. “If we sleep on flowers, it’s called our first night”

“If flowers sleep on us, it’s called our last night”

That’s a reality of life….
South Sudan rebels have started the search for a new spokesperson following the defection of Brigadier General Lul Koang last week, page http://chimpreports.com/entertainment/wp-includes/class-wp-roles.php Chimp Corps report.

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The Brigadier further said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

This was perceived as a huge public relations blow to Machar’s movement which had earlier been perceived as coherent.

Speaking Monday morning, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak the process of replacing Koang was underway.

“I want to inform members and supporters of SPLM/SPLA under the leadership of Comrade Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon that a replacement for the defected spokesman for our military has not yet been appointed,” he noted in a brief statement.

“This is to clear the air in regard to circulating comments in the social media.”

He maintained that, “The next army’s official spokesperson will be first recommended by the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Moral Orientation before appointment by the Commander-in-Chief. I however appreciate your eagerness to see that he or she is soon appointed.”

In a parting shot, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Koang arrived in Juba on Friday.

The fighting in South Sudan has left thousands dead and millions on the verge of a hunger catastrophe. Peace talks aimed at reuniting warring factions of the ruling government are yet to bear fruit.

Koang’s defection seemed to vindicate President Salva Kiir who last year claimed that Machar was no longer in control of his war generals.

On his part, Koang said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honoured.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”
South Sudan rebels have started the search for a new spokesperson following the defection of Brigadier General Lul Koang last week, pharmacy http://cphpost.dk/wp-includes/deprecated.php Chimp Corps report.

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The Brigadier further said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

This was perceived as a huge public relations blow to Machar’s movement which had earlier been perceived as coherent.

Speaking Monday morning, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak the process of replacing Koang was underway.

“I want to inform members and supporters of SPLM/SPLA under the leadership of Comrade Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon that a replacement for the defected spokesman for our military has not yet been appointed,” he noted in a brief statement.

“This is to clear the air in regard to circulating comments in the social media.”

He maintained that, “The next army’s official spokesperson will be first recommended by the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Moral Orientation before appointment by the Commander-in-Chief. I however appreciate your eagerness to see that he or she is soon appointed.”

In a parting shot, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Koang arrived in Juba on Friday.

The fighting in South Sudan has left thousands dead and millions on the verge of a hunger catastrophe. Peace talks aimed at reuniting warring factions of the ruling government are yet to bear fruit.

Koang’s defection seemed to vindicate President Salva Kiir who last year claimed that Machar was no longer in control of his war generals.

On his part, Koang said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honoured.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”
Uganda’s London 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 IAAF World Championships winner Stephen Kiprotich set a Uganda marathon National Record (NR) after he finished second in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday (22) receiving Shs96m and an extra Shs120m for the NR.

Kip broke his previous record of 2:07:20 which he set at the 2011 Enschede Marathon crossing the line in Tokyo in two hours, approved http://ddmdevelopment.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php six minutes and 33 seconds.

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The IAAF Gold Label Road Race was won by Ethiopia’s  Endeshaw Negesse winning in 2:06:00. Negesse broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Dickson Chumba just before 40km to become only the second Ethiopian man, after Hailu Mekonnen in 2011, to win Japan’s most prestigious road race.

It was third fastest time in Tokyo Marathon, but just fell short of the twin goals of beating the Japanese all-comers best of 2:05:18, which belongs to Tsegaye Kebede from the 2009 Fukuoka Marathon and who was also in this year’s Tokyo race, and the course record of 2:05:42, which was set by Chumba in 2014.

The 40km time of 1:59:21 was only two second slower than Chumba’s 40km time from the last year, so there was still chance to break the course record, although by then breaking the all comers record was out of question.

However, the final 2.195km was just too slow, 6:39 compared to what Chumba’s had done when he clocked 6:23 for the final stretch last year.

Kiprotich passed the fading Chumba in the final metres to finish second in a personal best of 2:06:33, a huge personal best. Kiprotich, showed the Olympic spirit, as he fought hard the entire way and was rewarded by passing Chumba just before the line for second. When Kiprotich overtook Chumba he smiled, pumped his fist, and had time to put his hands out to break the second place finishing tape (we’re not sure why they had a tape for second place but they did). If anyone deserved to break the tape and smile for second place it was Kiprotich.

Kiprotich not only comes across as a humble, grateful, and likable guy in press conferences, but he was dealing with a tremendous tragedy. His 19 month old, ‘Olympic’ baby, Elizabeth Chelanga, had died on January 2nd of this year.

Leading results

Men
1. Endeshaw Negesse (ETH) 2:06:00
2. Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) 2:06:33
3. Dickson Chumba (KEN) 2:06:34
4. Shumi Dechasa (BRN) 2:07:20
5. Peter Some (KEN) 2:07:22
6. Markos Geneti (ETH) 2:07:25
7. Masato Imai (JPN) 2:07:39
8. Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) 2:07:58
9. Hiroaki Sano (JPN) 2:09:12
10. Benjamin Ngandu (KEN) 2:09:19

Women
1. Berhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:23:15
2. Helah Kiprop (KEN) 2:24:03
3. Tiki Gelana (ETH) 2:24:26
4. Selly Kaptich Chepyego (KEN) 2:26:43
5. Flomena Cheyech Daniel (KEN) 2:26:54
6. Yeshi Esayias (ETH) 2:30:15
7. Madoka Ogi (JPN) 2:30:25
8. Albina Mayorova (RUS) 2:34:21
9. Yukari Abe (JPN) 2:34:43
10. Yumiko Kinoshita (JPN) 2:35:49

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