Museveni Rewards Gold Medalist Cheptegei

University students who were found carrying placards outside the Ministry of Education offices at Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala have been arrested and detained.

The 20 university students were on Friday at 10:30 am trying to find their way into the Ministry of Education offices.

They were carrying placards, cure protesting the delayed student loan scheme, approved among other issues.

Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye said the Central Police Station Commander together with other personal were able to stop their entry into the Ministry and arrested them hence forth.

“The Police has now discovered that the students are from different universities among them Makerere university, Kyambogo university and Bugema Adventist University under the umbrella body Uganda National Students Association (UNSA),” said Namaye.

She said the students are deemed to have participated in an unlawfully assembly and similar charges have been brought against them.

“They are now in the process of recording statements and will be taken to court immediately.”

Namaye cited Section 5 (1) of the Public Order Management Act which provides that, “An organizer shall give notice in writing signed by the organizer or his or her agent to the authorized officer of the intention to hold a public meeting, at least 3 days but not more than 15 days before the proposed date of the public meeting”.


“As such, the Uganda Police Force continues to implore all peaceful Ugandans to follow the legal guidelines while preparing to hold an assembly and in particular to notify the police at least 3-15 days to the intended date of the assembly,” she added.

Student loan scheme

President Museveni in April launched the student’s loan scheme, marking the apex of governments’ education fund plan for poor families that started in 1996 with UPE and USE.

The scheme that starts with Shs 6bn will see a gradual increase each year with the phasing out of the state House scholarships.

“We shall be starting with Shs 6bn but this money will increase. In my office I have been supporting many students from Luwero, Northern Uganda, Karamoja etc under the statehouse scholarships,” he added.

“Now I want to phase out these scholarships. We have been getting up to Shs 30bn annually but now once these children we took on finish, no new ones will be taken on. This money will be added on this loan scheme,” he said.

Speaking during the colourful launch at Kyambogo University, the President first unveiled Kyambogo University’s master plan before test driving a car that uses ethanol biogas by the university science students and later toured science stalls while interacting with the students and lecturers.

He said science students will be the priority while arts students will be considered later. Initially the total loan amount will be Shs 4million to cater for tuition and research while other components like accommodation, meals and transport will be cost shared by students.

“I want all of you to know that this government attaches a lot of importance on education. Proof? We are spending Shs 1.6trillion every year on the sector and this year that amount will go up to Shs 1.7trillion. These scientists making these products should not only stop on learning this here but when you graduate we want to support you to manufacture them. All those who can make machines or machine parts, the fund for innovation which is worth Shs 50bn will help those with skills and technology to convert them into products,” he said.

The President urged beneficiaries to pay back the loans when they get jobs to avoid being arrested for defaulting and also to allow the scheme to grow and benefit many more poor Ugandans.
President Museveni has congratulated Gold medal winner Joshua Cheptegei for his recent outstanding performance in the 10, illness 000 metre World Junior Championship race that took place in USA in Oregon State from July 22 to 27.

“I congratulate Joshua and the group for their good work. You are still young, and you can still do wonders”, said Museveni as he also handed over a Mitsubishi Lancer Car and Shs 20 million to Joshua Cheptegei as an appreciation for winning Uganda another Gold medal that he noted had put the country on the world map.

The President also pledged Shs5 million each to athletes Abdallah Kibet Mande who also participated and finished in 5th position in the 10,000 metres race, Stella Chesang who was 4th in the 5,000 meters race for ladies and Philip Kipyeko who was 6th in the 5,000 metres for men.

Athlete Kipyko is a Uganda Prisons Officer while the rest are from the Uganda Police Force.

The President was speaking at a ceremony organized at State House, Nakasero in honor of Joshua Cheptegei’s performance.

The Ceremony that drew Ministers, Police Officers, officials from the Uganda Athletics Federation, Bugema University, and parents of Joshua Cheptegei, kicked off with a special breakfast.

President Museveni highly commended Police, Prisons and the UPDF Officers for implementing his directive to recruit into the forces all people that are talented in athletics, saying the arrangement has yielded good results.

He urged parents to allow their children who exhibit talents in sports to develop them for better performance because, he stressed, sports is marketable as sports men and women earn a lot of money from their performance.

Addressing himself further on the advantage of sports, the President reiterated that it creates stamina for the body to accomplish many things, trains one to have characters that can achieve targets through perseverance, roots cooperation for success, entertains and gives publicity to the country.

Museveni urged parents to allow their children who exhibit talents in sports to develop them for better performance
Museveni urged parents to allow their children who exhibit talents in sports to develop them for better performance


The Minister of Education and Sports, Maj. Jessica Alupo lauded Joshua Cheptegei upon his resounding success that she said has earned Uganda global recognition.

She said Uganda was placed in the 15th position out of the 31 countries that won medals from over 214 countries that participated in the championship.

She thanked the Ugandan contingent for better representation of their country. She also thanked the parents of Joshua Cheptegei, Mr. Stephen Munerya and Mrs. Irene Chemusto for developing their child’s athletics talent.

Maj. Alupo thanked President Museveni for his continuous support to sports activities in Uganda saying it has enabled many sports men win medals.

She disclosed the Government has made available Shs 2 billion for the construction of the high altitude facility in Kapchorwa district for athletes’ training. She said that her Ministry is working closely with the Uganda Athletics Federation to host the World Athletics by 2017.

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura reported that he followed the advice given by the President to recruit athletes in the Police Force, the reason the country is receiving better results.

He said it is their pleasure that what the President guided them in is bearing fruit.

Cheptegei thanked President Museveni for supporting the athletes and Gen. Kale Kayihura for recruiting many youth in the Force.

He said determination, perseverance and the fear of God made him to succeed. He added that Ugandan athletes are determined to surprise the world with better performance in the future.

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