Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni has presented three brand new Pajero vehicles to Ugandan athletes who won medals at the just-concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The athletes rewarded include Joshua Cheptegei who won a 5,000m gold medal and a 10,000m, silver medal, Peruth Chemutai who won a 10,000m women’s gold medal and Jacob Kiplimo who won a bronze in the 10,000m final.
Museveni rewarded the athletes during the official welcome reception held at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds on Wednesday.
The Gold medalists will earn $1,416 per month, while the Silver medalists will earn $848 monthly and the Bronze medalists will earn $283 monthly.
The president congratulated the medalists, saying that they have represented the country well, and promised to build houses for the parents of the three medalists.
He said; “Now, these ones who have won Olympic medals, in my happiness because am a happy man now; you know happy men can be generous, I will give each of them a vehicle. They [vehicles] are here already, then finally…I will build houses for the parents of these gold medal people”.
Minister for Education and sports Janet Kataha Museveni, thanked her husband Museveni for facilitating the team in the summer games, she also thanked Japan’s government for hosting Uganda’s contingent throughout the Olympic Games.