Parliament has congratulated the Olympic Gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich for winning Uganda a gold medal in last weekend’s 42km marathon at the IAAF World Championship in Russia and resolved to make him an ambassador of sports.
This is Kiprotich’s second international gold medal win, the first being at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo moved under Rule 47 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure a motion for a resolution of Parliament to congratulate Stephen Kiprotich for winning a gold medal at the 2013 World Athletics Championship in Moscow.
In the motion Alupo appreciated the support of Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) always offered to Kiprotich and efforts in enhancing and strengthening the sport in Uganda.
She asked Parliament to resolve and support the Sports Ministry’s resolution to build a marathon ground in honour of Kiprotich. She described Kiprotich’s victory as a rare and unique platform opportunity or national unity, patriotism, national consensus for future development for the advancement and promotion of physical education and sports.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga congratulated Kiprotich on winning the gold medal again and making the country happy.
On a lighter note, Kadaga congratulated Kiprotich’s wife on delivering a baby boy whom she called the golden baby.
Youth MP Evelynn Anite congratulated Kiprotich for making Uganda proud but noted that it was disappointing for the commentator in Moscow to announce Kiprotich as “Kiprotich of Uganda made in Iteni of Nairobi” which she said was not good.
She appealed to the Sports Minister realise her promise of constructing a high altitude stadium in Kiprotich’s name proposing that the ground breaking to start immediately so that more Kiprotichs’ are shaped.
In addition, Anite asked Uganda Prisons where Kiprotich works on a rank of Senior Superintendent to elevate Kiprotich to Commissioner of Sports.
MP Wafula Oguttu thanked Kiprotich for being a two time hero saying that some people are called heroes for no work done but that Kiprotich is a hero with well-known achievements.
He called Kiprotich the most famous Ugandan of these times and said that his name now is Uganda.
Oguttu appealed to Kiprotich to find a manager for his money and invest it well saying that the country has had sports people who have been praised and made money but ended their lives as paupers because of not managing their finances wisely.