Opondo defends Museveni on Cranes accident


Museveni campaigning in Bulambuli

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has absolved President Yoweri Museveni of all blame concerning the sad episode that involved the national team on Tuesday.

The Uganda Cranes got an accident when their bus knocked a taxi heading to Mbale town at Jami in Kamonkoli, Budaka District.

At least seven [earlier number was five] passengers in the taxi died.

Three Cranes players; Kezironi Kizito, Denis Okot Oola, and Hassan Wasswa Dazo sustained injuries and were hospitalized.

At a press conference held at FUFA House, Mengo on Wednesday, Mr Decolus Kiiza on behalf of the FUFA CEO Edgar Watson passed on a condolence massage to the families of the deceased and Ugandans in general.

He later wished a quick recovery to all those still in hospital.

He said a minute of silence will be observed before all the games of the Azam Uganda Premier league kick off on Friday 12th December 2015.

He said Cranes players and officials who sustained injuries are in good condition after receiving treatment from Nakasero Hospital.

“All players are better off now including myself after that fatal accident, we visited Nakasero hospital for treatment and all this was catered for by state house narrated Ahmed Hussein the FUFA Spoke Person.

Government removes blame from Museveni

Opondo in a statement says President Museveni did not invite the Uganda Cranes to Soroti to shake his hand.

He said it was instead the national football team managers who requested for it.

Opondo said the Vice president, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, had already hosted the team to a state dinner on behalf of the president State House Entebbe, on arrival from Ethiopia where they won the 14th Cecafa trophy.

This is to clarify that neither President Museveni, nor his campaign team invited the cranes to join the campaign,” Opondo wrote.

He added: “The Cranes request was later granted and His Excellency allowed to meet the team at Soroti state lodge.”

Opposition members insist the president could have personally flown or driven to Kampala to congratulate Cranes than acting “all important” and jeopardizing the lives of the national team players.


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