By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Team Uganda is raising the stakes at the ongoing East African Community Inter-Parliamentary Games in Arusha, Tanzania with a dominant posture that is seeing them attain multiple victories.
With the Saturday, December 11, 2021 athletics competition, the staff team opened the ground with two wins over Kenya and Zanzibar, with a concession to Tanzania.
MP Phiona Nyamutoro (NRM, National Female Youth) had run away with two wins – the 100m race and that of 200m, pulling impressive streaks against favourites, Kenya.
MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (NRM, Igara County West) kinged the day with a win in the arduous 1,500m race, pulling a surprise on Kenya, with MP Julius Acon Bua (NRM, Otuke), an international athlete, coming second behind MP Mbwatekamwa, allowing the team to win the first strategic places ahead of Kenya and Tanzania.
MP Francis Zaake (NUP, Mityana Municipality), pulled a surprise on Kenya with a win in the 100m race (men), cementing Uganda’s dominance.
The tug of war, female tournament, slowed down the victories a bit, with a draw to Zanzibar, a defeat at the hands of EALA and a win over Kenya.
About These Games
EALA mooted the idea of the Inter-Parliamentary Games tournament in the Year 2009. The games were institutionalised as an annual activity of the EALA and the National Assemblies. At the same time, the games were initiated to enhance interaction with the citizenry of the Partner States and as a mode of sensitisation and popularisation of the Regional Integration process.
Under the arrangement, EALA coordinates the tournament while the hosting National Assembly / Parliament organises and offers other logistical support to ensure a successful tournament.
According to EAC, the Inter-Parliamentary Games tournament is a key aspect of building relations between the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the National Assemblies in the EAC region in line with Article 49(2)(a) of the Treaty for the establishment of the East African.