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Defence Minister Flags Off 42nd Tarehe Sita Marathon In Mbarara

The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has today flagged off the 42nd Tarehe Sita marathon at Boma Grounds in Mbarara City.

The 5km marathon was held in recognition of the sacrifices made by the founders of the peoples’ revolution for social and economic transformation.

Speaking after the run, Hon. Ssempijja who was also the Chief Runner commended people from the Greater Mbarara sub-region for loving the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) by participating in the event. He reminded them that UPDF is a Peoples’ Army. “UPDF is a Peoples’ Army and therefore different from past armies which were not pro-people,” he said.

Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja flagging off the marathon

He added that the Mbarara sub-region was chosen to host the 42nd Tarehe Sita Anniversary celebrations because it has a different history, where the revolution of liberation started. “We are here to celebrate the sons and daughters who joined the revolutionary leader, President Museveni, to start the revolution, that has transformed cities like Mbarara and made them beautiful with numerous facilities,” he remarked.

Byabagambi Sharifa receives a golden medal from Hon. Ssempijja

Hon. Ssempijja cautioned people to keep fit, further noting that fitness is first on the agenda to be recruited in the UPDF.

Hon. Minister Ssempijja gives a gift to Akampa Seth the male gold medal winner

The UPDF Chief Political Commissar Maj Gen Henry Masiko noted that the presence of civilians at the marathon shows their unwavering support for the UPDF.

Brig Gen Wilson Muhanguzi, the Chief of Education Sports and Culture in the UPDF, called upon participants at the marathon to keep fit in order to minimize the cost of treatment and avoid getting non-communicable diseases like diabetes and High Blood Pressure. “If we keep fit, we reduce the cost on treatment and thus can channel resources to the development,” he elaborated.

The Resident City Commissioner for Mbarara City Lt Col (Rtd) Fred Mwesigye lauded liberators for sustaining the revolution.

His worship of the Mayor of Mbarara City Mr. Robert Kakyebezi glorified UPDF for ensuring their proximity to the populace.

The main sponsors of the marathon, Stanbic Bank, who were represented by the relationship manager of Stanbic Bank in the armed forces mentioned that development without security is a myth.

Today’s Tarehe Sita marathon in Mbarara City was won by Akampa Seth (13:49), followed by Ainebyona Edgar (14:59) in the Men’s category. While Byabagambi Sharifa (22:17) and Kyokunda Princess (25:19) respectively won gold and silver in the women’s category

The symbolic marathon is part of the civil-military activities to mark the 42nd Tarehe Sita and Defence Forces Week activities running under the theme “Recognizing the sacrifices of the founders of the Peoples’ Revolution for Social Economic Transformation.”

Participants included: UPDF personnel, the Uganda Police Force, youth leaders in the sub-region, locals of Mbarara City, and representatives from UPDF partners, among others.

The marathon was also sponsored by Mbarara Sports Club, Amis Real Estates, and Children of soldiers, among others.


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