Two Schools Banned from National Ball Games over Mercenaries

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The competitions, which attracted 72 secondary schools across the country started on May 6 and will run until May 15. As the schools tussle, the two schools from Kanungu and Jinja districts respectively were accused of hiring mercenaries masquerading as students.

Kihihi High school and Kiira College Butiki have been banned from participating in National Ball Games activities for fielding mercenaries. The competitions covering Rugby, badminton, basketball, women's football and tennis is currently ongoing in Kabale district.

The competitions, which attracted 72 secondary schools across the country started on May 6 and will run until May 15. As the schools tussle, the two schools from Kanungu and Jinja districts respectively were accused of hiring mercenaries masquerading as students.

Banage Christopher Mugisha, the General Secretary of Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA), says that Kihihi High School fielded two former students in a football match registered using pseudo names.

One player was registered as Success Nshabohurira, a continuing student of Kihihi high school yet she had completed Advanced level at Kabalega Secondary School Masindi a year ago in the names of Janice Natukunda. Another player was found registered in the names of Celina Kemigisha yet she also completed her senior six at Kabalega secondary school Masindi last year under the names Jovunile Orishaba.

Arthur Kabanda was also found playing for Kiira College Butiki in Basketball claiming that he wanted to get a certificate of participation in National games to help him in join the University. Kabanda completed advanced level at the same school last year.

Mugisha says that Kiira College Butiki team coach identified as Isaac Mukiibi was also banned from participating from Uganda Secondary School games after it was found out that he was behind the move for the school to use mercenaries.

Mugisha says that the two schools will serve a ban of one year or pay a fine worth two million Shillings to compensate for the punishment.
 
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Kiira College Butiki Coach Isaac Mukiibi admitted before Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association committee which sat on Wednesday afternoon at St. Mary's College Rushoroza (the host school) in Kabale Municipality to have used mercenaries.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.