Parliament is contributing over 200 million Shillings in support of the national football team Uganda Cranes, currently preparing for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final in Gabon.
Each of the 431 legislators is contributing five hundred thousand Shillings (500,000 Shillings) to be deducted from their monthly emoluments.
The agreement came after the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga applauded Uganda Cranes for being voted the National Team of the Year 2016 during the annual Glo Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday. Ugandan first choice Goal Keeper Denis Onyango was also voted the Africa Player of the year (Based in Africa) Award.
Kadaga reminded legislators of their pledge towards Uganda Cranes after qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations. The Tournament runs from January 14 to February 5, 2017.
Uganda Cranes qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations last year ending a 39 year long wait for the national team to feature in the continental tournament. The team last featured in 1978 and lost the final to hosts Ghana.
“We had agreed that we contribute 500,000 Shillings each. I will be going to Gabon supported by one of the corporations and I would want to go with their cheque”, Kadaga said before directing the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige to make deductions from MPs’ emoluments so that the team can be supported and encouraged.
The contribution by parliament comes after government’s approval of 2 billion Shillings for the national football team, Cranes.