Ugandan athletes who participated in the recently concluded Olympics in Tokyo Japan have received brand new cars from President Yoweri Museveni.
Speaking today at Kololo Ceremonial Ground in Kampala when he met the team, Museveni also said the government will construct houses for parents of the gold winners.
Uganda won two golds, a silver, and bronze at the event which ended on Sunday.
Peruth Chemutai (women’s 3000m steeplechase), and Joshua Cheptegei (men’s 5000m) won gold. The country was ranked 38 worldwide. Kenya was 19 and pole position in continental medal rankings.
Among the vehicles were Mitsubishi Pajeros and pick-ups.
Olympics Cash Prize
“In my low-cost approach, sometimes ago, I gave an order but apparently it was not fully implemented. But anybody who wins the gold at the continental level, Commonwealth Games, or in Olympics. I said you should be paid USh5 million (KSh154,000) per month all the time,” Museveni said at the event.
“But now I was told that they are being paid quarterly. I did not say quarterly, I do speak English very well. I said monthly, maybe I did not put it in the local language. And now, I can see some people here are rich people, because they will have to be paid their back pay.”
Silver medal winners in the said games will be earning USh3 million (KSh93,000), while Bronze winners will be pocketing USh2 million (KSh62,000) every month.