Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong joins Uganda Speaker, Katikiro in marathon race
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong today (Saturday) joined Parliament of Uganda Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Baganda Katikiro (Prime Minister) Charles Peter Maiga for the Run for Maternal Health Marathon at Lumino-Bukwekwe Primary School Grounds in Samia Bugwe South in Uganda.
After flagging off the 13km men’s race and 3km for women, the trio walked for 3km to Lumino Health centre where they visited the maternity ward before planting trees.
Judy impressed the Katikiro when she knelt down before planting the tree. ” You have given it respect already,” Maiga said.
The aim of the event was to raise Ksh7m to equip two maternity wards so as to reduce mortality rate and disability among the newly born children.
Judy said she is happy Uganda is adopting the brainchild of Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. ” I was also impressed when Uganda First Lady Janet Museveni joined us in Nairobi for the Beyond Zero campaign Marathon. I had to reciprocate that kind gesture,” she said.
Kadaga thanked Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for her marathon races to help raise funds to combat maternal and child mortality rates. She promised to honor next year’s marathon in a big way.
Katikiro thanked Kenyan delegation led by Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong and promised to promote welfare of mothers in rural areas.
He said Ignorance, Poverty and Disease were the biggest challenges in Uganda and urged the Government to rise up and address these vices.
Judy donated Ush1.8m, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma through MCA Wilberforce Sande sent Ush3m. Sande donated Ush165,000. MCAs from Busia County who attended the event included Nur Mohammed, Alice Chevi and Rachel Omollo.
Samia Bugwe South MP and Minister of State for East African Affairs Julius Maganda said Busia Kenya and Uganda are separated by Boundaries but they are the same people, adding that they are part of problems in Uganda.
Chevi who represented Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba featured in the 3km marathon race. Busia County soccer team landed an invitation to play a soccer match after the marathon. The team was led by captain Salim Suleiman.
Photos: Parliament of Uganda Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong in a a 3km walk race in Lumino, Samia Bugwe in Uganda on Saturday.