After a recent successful marathon in Kisoro district, Uganda Police have scheduled the next one to Ibanda district in western Uganda.
The Kisoro Marathon which attracted about 30 of Uganda’s top athletes generated about Sh 170 million meant for rehabilitation of the district hospital’s maternity ward.
Kisoro district according to Ministry of Health has one of the country’s highest maternal mortality rates.
Inspector General of Police announced recently that the force will now be headed to Ibanda for another marathon, which is aimed at raising funds to support crime prevention in the country.
Simba Telecom’s Patrick Bitature who also hails from the same district, has pledged to sponsor the marathon according to Gen Kayihura.
After President Yoweri Museveni launched the Uganda Police Community Policing Drive on October 3 at the Kololo Independence grounds, the Force has been occupied with development of a strong countrywide squad of volunteering crime preventers.
At an intended ratio of 1 crime preventer per 100 citizens, the force hopes to raise more than 370,000 crime preventers around the country.
Kayuhura made the revelation during a dinner held at the police headquarters in Naguru, to appreciate the athletes that took part in the Kisoro Marathon, where Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center was the chief runner.
In Kisoro where the IGP hails from, Kayihura noted that one is unlikely to get away with it if they talked ill of the Uganda Police force.
The Marathon was sponsored by the Madhivani Group of Companies which paid Sh 1 million for every Kilometer covered by each runner.
I normally run 10 kilometers, but when I heard of this, I had to risk my life to do the 30km. I can now claim my 30 million from Madhvani,” said Kayihura.
From the Ibanda Marathon, the Police expect to raise money for the newly started poverty eradiation project to supporter the crime preventers where each would be given two cattle, since they are not paid.
The money will also help in purchasing them uniform and boots to help in their activities.