In a thrilling showcase of sportsmanship and community unity, residents of Buliisa District were treated to a double dose of excitement with the second edition of MTN Uganda-sponsored Bunyoro Kitara Bicycle Races and the Enganda Football Tournament.
The streets of Buliisa came alive as athletes and football enthusiasts converged to witness these thrilling events.
The day kicked off with the much-anticipated Bunyoro Kitara Bicycle Races, sponsored by MTN Uganda. The event, held in collaboration with Bunyoro Kingdom, saw dozens of cyclists from the district, both male and female, compete in a fierce battle for top honors.
The race, which started at the Buliisa town council at around 10:30 am, was flagged off by the prime minister of Bunyoro Kingdom, Owek. Andrew Byakutaga.
MTN Uganda’s Western and South Western Region Business Manager, Aggrey Byaruhanga, expressed the telecom company’s pride in supporting initiatives that uplift the lives of the people.
“We are very proud to be working with cultural institutions in supporting sporting activities because they are a strong pillar in establishing communities that foster shared beliefs and unity of purpose, which resonates with MTN’s belief in doing good,” Byaruhanga stated.
The competition was fierce, and the top two performers in both the male and female categories earned the opportunity to participate in the overall competitions in Hoima City.
The winners were rewarded with cash prizes and assorted items courtesy of MTN Uganda.
Bicycle Race Results: Male Category
- Ahebwa Bright
- Moses Kiixa
- Geoffrey Alituha
- Sylvia Asaba
- Annet Kusemererwa
Owek. Andrew Byakutaga, the prime minister of Bunyoro Kingdom, expressed his gratitude to MTN Uganda for their support in improving the social-economic status of the population through sporting activities. He emphasized the importance of these initiatives in mobilizing the clans for development.
“MTN’s partnership with Bunyoro aims to foster the socio-economic well-being of its people through supporting health, education, and sports initiatives among others,” Byakutaga added.
He also lauded MTN Uganda for their efforts in sensitizing the local people against the dangers of early marriage and teenage pregnancies, which have been significant causes of poor maternal health in the sub-region.
In the past year, MTN Uganda has undertaken initiatives in health and education in the Bunyoro region, including the refurbishment and kitting of health facilities.
Following the exhilarating bicycle races, the action shifted to the Enganda Football Tournament, a collaboration between Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and MTN Uganda. Three clans, namely Abakibiro, Abajangi, and Abalyambwa/Abatabi, vied for supremacy on the football pitch.
In a display of skill and determination, the Bakibiro clan emerged as the victors, securing their spot in the next round of the tournament.
The Bunyoro kingdom prime minister, Owek. Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga, presided over the tournament’s official kick-off and expressed his appreciation for MTN’s continuous support of football competitions in the region.
Football Tournament Results:
- Abakibiro 1:0 Abajangi
- Abatabi/Abalyambwa 0:0 Abakibiro
- Abajangi 0:0 Abatabi/Abalyambwa
Byakutaga emphasized that these competitions play a vital role in helping the youth discover their talents, promoting harmony among the clans in Bunyoro, and contributing to the overall health of the community through regular exercise.
Aggrey Byaruhanga, the Regional MTN Marketing Coordinator for Western and South Western regions, expressed MTN’s commitment to supporting these games, highlighting their role in fostering good relationships within the Bunyoro community.
“The support we provide to these games promotes good relationships with the people of Bunyoro, and as MTN, we support everyone irrespective of the clans and tribes,” Byaruhanga noted.
The Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom prime minister praised MTN Uganda for their strong partnership and pledged continued support to ensure the people of Bunyoro benefit from these enriching sporting events.
In a community filled with enthusiasm and unity, the MTN Uganda-sponsored Bunyoro Kingdom Sports Extravaganza showcased the power of sports to bring people together, promote talent, and improve the overall well-being of the community.
With more events like these on the horizon, Bunyoro residents have much to look forward to in the world of sports