The Uganda Motocross Uganda (UMU) has awarded UPDF shs100 million as a token of appreciation for the concluded inaugural, armed forces appreciation motocross championship held at Busiika recently.
The event has attracted over 100 riders of which 30 were foreigners from Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Israel, USA and Canada in different classes from 50cc juniors to MX Vets.
Speaking at the receipt of the dummy cheque, the Chief of Defence Forces in the UPDF, Gen.David Muhoozi appreciated the spirit of the initiative noting that such events create opportunities for having fun, channel business between person, strengthening the bond between the military and the civilians on top of allowing for networking.
“This was a great innovation that will go a long way in bringing closer the army and civilians since the UPDF is a people’s army,” Gen.Muhoozi said.
“I must thank the organisers and sponsors for being realistic to Uganda’s process of transformation.
The UPDF Chief of Staff Land Forces and chairman organizing committee for the event, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda, thanked applauded civilians who turned up for the championship noting that it is a manifestation of the love they have for the UPDF.
According to the president of Uganda Motocross Championship Dusman Okee, the championship provided a platform for interaction between UPDF and civilians on top of proving to the world that UPDF is truly a pro-people army.
The shs100 million handed over to the UPDF was proceeds collected as gate fee and from sponsors as a token to thank the army for the enormous work done to secure the country and the region over a period of sustained peace, security and development by the Uganda Motocross Championship.