Kooki Starts Own Sports Tournament

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Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Information Minister says the chiefdom started this tournament to identify and develop indigenous talents.

Kooki Chiefdom has launched a parallel sports tournaments weeks after Mengo released the fixture for Amasazza cup. The Obwakamuswaga Cup has drawn teams from eleven sub counties across the chiefdom.

Some of the sub counties are Ddwaniro, Kacheera, Rakai town council, Kibanda, Kyarulangira, Kagamba among others. Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Information Minister says the chiefdom started this tournament to identify and develop indigenous talents. He says that although Kooki Chiefdom has fielded a team in Amasazza cup, most of the players are not Bakooki.

He says majority of the players are from Tanzania. Ndawula says the absence of indigenous Bakooki featuring in the Buganda Kingdom tournament does not make sense. He says a result; they decided to start a parallel tournament to develop real Kooki sports talents.

According to Ndawula, Kooki chiefdom plans to inject resources into the tournament to develop and turn it into a commercial tournament. Kooki has been participating in Amasazza cup for over years. But in 2013, Kamusswaga threatened to withdraw from the tournament on grounds that Mengo belittles him. 

He even refused to go and attend the official opening of the tournament at Mannya village in Kifamba Sub County until Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi called him. The decision by Kooki chiefdom to start its own tournament has heightened speculation that, chiefdom plans to secede from Mengo.

But Fred Kasozi, the Kooki Chiefdom Sports Minister says they are not splitting from Buganda despite starting Obwakamuswa cup. He says they have even confirmed their participation in the Buganda Kingdom county tournament, which was launched on Tuesday.
Several subjects of Kamuswaga have welcomed the start of Kooki tournament. Josephine Nakalili, a resident of Lumbugu trading centre says the tournament will unite them. She says they have not had a serious sport tournament in the area because of the location of their area.
Stanley Kalibbala, a resident of Rakai town council says the tournament will enable them identified rural talent. Kalibbala claims that Uganda has failed to advance because football managers rely on city based players. He says many talented players are left behind because they do not get chance to play at regional level. 

On May 2nd, Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is expected to launch this year's Amasazza cup tournament. Dennis Walusimbi, the Buganda Kingdom Information Minister says Mengo does not recognize Obwakamuswaga cup. He explains that Kooki being part of Buganda as per the constitution of Uganda and agreement, is not supposed to act independent. 

He says what is done in Kooki must be authorized by Buganda Kingdom.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.