There was extreme distress at Entebbe International Airport as most of the athletes’ relatives were blocked at the gates, denying them access to welcome back the commonwealth ‘heroes’ from Gold Coast.
Team Uganda that represented the country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games returned home on Thursday afternoon.
A group of people mostly from Kapchorwa, a home district for most of the long distance runners, were seen stranded, exchanging words with the Security men but all in vain.
“We don’t want their food they have organised, we are here to welcome our children and escort them back at home,” started one of the stranded Parent.
“This is very annoying, and let’s warn you, it’s now time we take our ‘heroes’ to start running for Kenya, atleast for them they can’t treat us in such a harsh way.”
Most of these relatives, who were transported from National Council of Sports offices at Lugogo earlier in the day, were starved the whole day.
“This is Uganda where Athletes win and then the government takes over,” one of the annoyed relative noted.
Major Juma Seiko was among the officials who were blocked at the gate, narrating his story, he said:
“All the officials including other district leaders have been poorly mistreated here. This is so disappointing because we were the ones who have encouraged these athletes to go out and perform splendidly.
“Personally, I have supported these athletes for the last 30 years, they have always come at my office seeking for financial support and i have responded positively always, Am not here to look for publicity, but these security guys and other top officials responsible should change. This has not been fair at all.”
Beside the parents, the media also faced the same wrath as only 12 journalists were given tags to cover the event.
Many of the journalists were seen frustrated at the Airport gates as they stood stranded with their gadgets (cameras, recorders, bags etc).