Buddu Victory Celebrations End In Chaos

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Vincent Mayiga, the Buddu County leader says most of the Shillings 17 million they received was used to clear debts.

Masaka Recreation Centre was a scene of drama on Wednesday during the victory celebrations of Buddu county FC in the just concluded Masaza cup championship. It all started after Edward Nakibinge, one of the club managers handed each player a token of Shillings 200,000 in appreciation for winning the trophy. 

However, the players led by their captain Sanaya Kalevu protested the token and demanded for more money. Kalevu mobilized his team mates to walk away from the event to protest nonpayment of their allowances. Shakiddu Mbaziira, another player said they spent a lot of time in Kampala meeting several businessmen who gave the team money, adding that it was unfortunate that their managers had decided to cheat them. 

The players unanimously agreed to reject the money and handed it back to the management. They shouted at Vincent Mayiga, the Buddu County leader whom they accused of pocketing millions of Shillings that the team had received from Buddu supporters in Kampala since Saturday.  
The players were supported by thousands of Buddu FC fans who grabbed the trophy and took off with it. They accused Buddu county team leaders led by Vincent Mayiga, the county leader of using their team for his selfish motives. They also attempted to attack Mayiga and his team when they tried to stop them from grabbing the trophy. 

Joe Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, ordered police to recover the trophy from the angry supporters in vain as they shielded it and took off with it to unknown destination paralyzing the event. Chaos engulfed the entire Recreation center as thousands of angry supporters demanded accountability for the Shillings 17 million that team received for winning the championship. 

Vincent Mayiga, the Buddu County leader says most of the prize money they received was used to clear debts. According to Mayiga, they borrowed huge sums of money from different businessmen to facilitate the club. By the time of filing this story, the Buddu FC management was scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss the standoff.


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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."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.