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Bad Black, Jamal Salim and the AFCON money – Uganda Cranes players were duped

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The plan slipped up in crisis. The government and Balaam always pick up millions to pay off those who cross over. But those loyal are promised and never considered. Can the promises live through the impatience the coronavirus crisis has created of late?

Is it new to Uganda that social media influencers and the Vulgar get brought from where they belong? Well, ask me on another day but the answer lies in who is currently enjoying the science the current crisis has created – Bad black, Ashburg Kato, and the many more.

It is one of the worst moments in Uganda’s history. It is a needless infraction, a cultural and social misunderstanding when politics lowers the value of the heroes and praises the villains — Our government and ideologies have always collided. There is something that always gets lost in translation.

After putting up a spirited fight at the AFCON 2019 in Egypt, Uganda Cranes were hosted for a dinner with the President of Uganda H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House

Mr. Museveni was so impressed with the performance of the team, having won one game, drawn one and lost one to qualify behind group A leaders and tournament hosts, Egypt before being knocked out by Senegal in the round of 16.

A photo of the President of the Republic of Uganda and the Cranes team after the dinner at the statehouse. | Courtesy photo

He tweeted that he would give the team of players and officials a gift of $1m (£800,000) to share.

I’m very happy the @UgandaCranes went up to the last 16. I know we will perform better next time. I will organize 1m dollars with the government to distribute it among the players and officials. Of course, the officials will not get as much as the players,

tweeted Museveni.

However, up to now, nine months later since the pledge was made, nothing has come out from the President, not even acknowledgment that one of the country’s biggest marketing tools still demands something from his office.

Ugandans and the Uganda Cranes players were duped, it is a shame.

Today, the Uganda Cranes players decided to remind the ‘good president’ of Uganda who has been so good to Ugandans that he has managed to buy all the opposition and the vulgar that it is coming to a year since he made the promise.

Goalkeeper Salim Jamal was the first to react to Bad Black’s recent payment of the ‘UGX 500 million’ after ranting to the government for not paying her after shooting a COVID-19 visual message which was used on all platforms.

Jamal’s response sparked reaction from other members of the team with an immediate response from Hassan Wasswa Mawanda.

Team Captain Onyango soon joined in to express dissatisfaction.

Greetings @YoweriMuseveni. In these tough Covid-19 times we find the timing right to remind you about the $1m promise after Afcon last year,” tweeted Onyango with an embedded video by Mogul Films showing the Cranes’ last visit to the statehouse and promises.

The outcry by the Uganda Cranes players is just a sign like it has always been that the players were duped and may never be given their token of appreciation banking on the fact that they are involved in a ‘leisure activity’.

It should be noted that today the 22nd of June marks exactly one since the Cranes made a perfect start to their AFCON 2019 campaign with a 2-0 win against DR. Congo thanks to goals from Patrick Henry Kaddu and Emmanuel Okwi.


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