Mombasa, KENYA: The Ugandan team was all about cheering, singing and dancing after they were awarded overall winners at the farewell dinner of the East Africa Community inter parliamentary games.
Speaking to Baraka FM during the dinner in Mombasa on Saturday, the team Captain Otoo Oduma said they were happy with the win.
“We are very happy, we deserved to win, we had prepared so well just to win and strengthen the bond of East Africa,” he said.
Speaker of EALA Kidega said the games are significant to each country and requested for more games to be introduced.
“I would like to request the committee to add swimming, chess, wrestling and boxing, some of us are very good at those games and it also gives a chance for most people to participate,” he said.
Kidega urged the parliamentarians to portray discipline despite tension during the games.
“Its not right for us to start lamenting and have fists fights, we will produce dvds to act as a reminder of your conduct during the games.” Added Kadega.
Hererimana Fatou deputy speaker for Rwanda’s Senate and the team leader, urged organizers to make proper arrangements next time to consider women who have kids.
“The games were good but how could all the games be at one place, women have come with their little children are are made to sit and wait for the men to complete their games,” she said.
Fatou urged the committee to ensure each team travels with there own referee as she felt Kenyan referees were biased during some of the games.
Dr.Tulia Ackson Tanzania’s team leader also requested the committee to ensure that in future, referees do not officiate games of their home countries.
“During the volleyball and netball games, the referees were not following the rules, they were making unjust decision in favour of Kenya, we should avoid this by having neutral referees”.she said.
The Chairman for the Kenyan Team Wafula Wamunyinyi requested the teams who felt they had been treated unfairly to forgive and build integration and will correct the mistakes identified during the games.
Kenya was awarded winners of golf and the individual award of best golfer went to Gen.Ivan Loreta from Uganda.
Golden boot was taken by Nsereko Mohammed from Uganda and the golden gloves Wizie Ibrahim from Burundi.
Uganda were also awarded the winners of Tag of war.