Photos emerged of Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Land Forces, on Tuesday, March 15, shooting hoops in one of the nets in the Remera-based Kigali Arena.
Muhoozi in the Arena, one of the places he is touring in the neighboring Rwanda, put his body and mind to work with such paramount passion as he straight forward netted ‘A free throw’ with ease as though he is a complete professional hooper/basketballer.
At the shots attempt, the grandson of Kaguta, who was not fouled as it is in a Basketball game, took the long ball from a free throw line and again stayed behind the same throw line as his bodyguards, the tour guides and hosts cheered him up wondering his prowess and love for sport.
The sporting gesture in the Kigali arena by Muhoozi is evident for the General’s love for sports back in Uganda. He has been cited several times at the Wandegeya YMCA basketball courts himself cheering up teams during the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Friday Night Lights (FNL) editions even in the dawn and chilling hours of the day.
The same man is a regular fixture at Kyadondo Rugby Club so much that those who know, spot and recognize him have had debates amongst themselves, whether he comes for the game of Rugby or to slake his appetite for liquor and the ribs.
The good and nice ladies that, with disguise come to support rugby every weekend could also oblige a man fall in love with the game, if not, come and covet at them.
However, Lieutenant General Muhoozi’s love for Football is suspect as he has never been spotted at Mandela National stadium-Namboole or the War Memorial stadium-Nakivubo for a Football game.
The Remera-based Kigali Arena where photos of Muhoozi emerged with him shooting is the city’s main event venue, which hosts basketball and volleyball competitions as well as concerts.
His sporting attachment to the Kigali current tripe aside, Muhoozi earlier on Tuesday had paid tribute to victims of the Tutsi Genocide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi suburb, home to over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide war.
After touring the memorial, Muhoozi, who flew to Kigali on Monday, wrote a tribute thanking the government of Rwanda for establishing the memorial which he said will make future generations fearful of repeating the crime of Genocide.
A very saddened army officer by what happened in Rwanda in 1994, wrote appreciating the country’s leadership, led uncle Paul Kagame for deciding to establish this memorial as, with it, future generations will not repeat the mistakes of their predecessors.
Muhoozi arrived in Kigali on Monday, March 14 and was received by President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro.
He is in Rwanda as part of continued attempts to improve relations between the two nations, following his first official visit in late January 2022, during which he met with President Kagame and had a tête-à-tête with him.
The diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Uganda have begun to thrive after the two nations’ borders were reopened at the beginning of February, following Muhoozi’s first visit.
It had been four years since Rwanda’s borders were closed in 2018 as a result of Uganda’s failure to address a number of grievances that have for years been raised by the former.
Among the concerns were antagonistic groups that utilize Uganda as a base to plan activities to destabilize Rwanda and receive support from various Ugandan state institutions.
Arbitrary arrest, kidnapping, torture, and illegal imprisonment of Rwandans by Ugandan security personnel are among the other issues that have been at the core of the diplomatic standoff between the two neighboring countries.
- Mr. Daniels N. Tatya is an affluent Sports Writer, Commentator and Editor. His over 15 years of covering almost major sporting events makes him a revered and an authority on investigative Sports journalism in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected] +256(0)758268315
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