Junior Minister of State for Sports, Peter Ogwang has come out to clarify how Uganda netball team, She Cranes missed out on 13 days allowances amounting to British Pounds 585 or Shs 2.8m during the recently concluded International Netball Series in Wales and England.
Available information indicates that each player was supposed to get USD1000 or Shs3.8m in allowances from the Ugandan government.
On top of this, the tournament hosts or hosting federations-England Netball-were supposed to pay the She Cranes, British Pounds 45 daily for the 13 days they were there which totals 540BritishPounds or Shs2.8m.
The players were not paid this allowance and instead the money was reportedly channeled to pay for their meals contrary to the agreement made between Uganda and the organizers.
In a statement, Ogwang clarified that the Government of Uganda indeed contributed a USD 1000 allowance to each player, covered the team’s travel costs to UK and return, and funded the pre-Series Camp training.
“During past UK Tours, the said allowances were not remitted to the She Cranes players by the UNF leadership as required which was made known to the Normalization Committee. For the said anomaly, the UNF Normalization Committee and World Netball resolved that the allowance should be remitted in kind and accordingly paid directly to the hotels where the She Cranes stayed, to cater for meals, for the team,” Ogwang said.
According to the agreement international test series, between England and Uganda on “HOSTING THE SERIES”, the hosts were to cover all travel costs—Between the arrival airport into England and team accommodation, Between the team accommodation and training venue, Between the team accommodation and competition venue, Between host cities (where there are multiple locations of Matches), From team accommodation to departure airport in England.
On the Accommodation costs for the hosts were to cover up to 18 persons for the Test Period (comprising x6 Twin share and x6 single occupancy rooms) up to a maximum of 12 nights.
A Per Diem of up to £45 per person (up to 18 persons) per day for the Test Period (up to a maximum of 13 days).
However, the players only received the government allowance of USD1000 or Shs3.8m.
However, there are speculations that in a complex grand scheme of things, the money ended up in some people’ pockets, hence an excuse that it went into meals as a cover up.
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