Ugandan Olympic Gold Medalists To Earn Shs.5m A Month

Gold medalist Peruth Chemutai, of Uganda, poses during the medal ceremony for the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

While receiving the Ugandan team from the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday, Aug. 12, President Museveni said Ugandan sports men and women who earned Uganda a gold medal at a continental level, commonwealth or Olympic games are to be paid a salary of Shs5 million a month ordering full implementation of his earlier directive.

Silver medalists in any of the three categories are to each get Shs3 million per month while bronze medalists are to be paid Shs1 million.

“I made an order some years ago that anybody who wins gold at continental level, commonwealth or Olympics games should be paid shs5 million per month. Those who win silver should be paid shs3 million and shs1 million per month,” Museveni said at Kololo independence grounds

“It was not honored. I was told they are being paid quarterly. I didn’t say quarterly. I speak English very well. All their arrears will be paid. …what they should have been paid.”

Mr Museveni also rewarded a car to each of the medalists and promised to build houses for their parents.

“And because I’m now a happy man. I will give each of these medalists a car. I will build for their parents a house each,” he added

Cars that were given to Uganda’s Olympic medalists by the president at Kololo Independence grounds. PHOTO/ PPU

Uganda won two gold medals thanks to Peruth Chemutai in the women’s 3000m steeplechase race and world 5000m record holder, Joshua Cheptegei who triumphed in the men’s 5,000m finals.

Cheptegei also won a bronze for the country whereas Jacob Kiplimo won bronze in the men’s 1000 metres as Uganda finished 37th overall out of 206 nations and second in Africa out of 54 countries.

Winnie Nantongo

Editor-in-Chief, The Postdale Daily

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