As Ugandans continue heaping praise on the men’s national basketball that had put up a spirited fight at the continental competitions currently only in Rwanda but hit a dead end when the Silverbacks lost to Cape Verde last night, there’s also another side of the coin that Ugandans should know now.
Disturbing reports coming in indicate that the Silverbacks who were set to report back after their quarter final loss of 79-71 to Cape Verde in a game that was graced by Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame have been denied to leave the hotel over unpaid bills despite funding of UGX340m from Government.
It’s further reported that the Uganda National senior Basketball team is at the wall of shame and won’t exit Park Inn Hotel where they have been staying during the competitions until payments are made.
BREAKING: The Silverbacks have been denied exit at the Park Inn hotel in Kigali until they fully clear the unpaid bills and a prolonged stay will inflate the already existing cost.#AfroBasket2021 pic.twitter.com/5I7Xv96YJF
— EDGAR™ (@baronedgar8) September 3, 2021
Prior to the competitions, Commander Land forces (First Son) Muhoozi Keinerugaba through his twitter revealed that he has talked to the Minister of Education and sports (first lady) Janet Museveni to extend support to the Silverbacks who were short of funds to make it to Rwanda.
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) August 15, 2021
The Silverbacks, the National Men’s Basketball Team, will take part in the @AfroBasket tournament in Kigali, Rwanda after securing funding from Government.@NCSUganda1 Gen. Sec., Dr. Bernard Ogwel handed over Ugx 340m to @FubaBasketball President @khamdas2 to facilitate the team pic.twitter.com/fWp99ekk6D
— UBC UGANDA (@ubctvuganda) August 16, 2021
Later it was revealed that first lady took action and an envelope of UGX340m was delivered to the Silverbacks by National council of Sport’s general secretary Dr Benard Ogwel. But what went wrong that our team is now held in Rwanda amidst the brewing tensions between Uganda and Rwanda that has kept the boarder closed for now over two years.