Wazalendo Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (WSACCO), on Monday welcomed UPDF fighter Sgt Abdul Ssebute who recently won the East and Central African boxing championship on April 8, 2022.
Ssebute who is also a member of Wazalendo was welcomed at the SACCO’s headquarters.
Wazalendo under its Corporate Social Responsibility function sponsored the publicity of the event.
This was the second time WSACCO was supporting Ssebute. In 2019, WSACCO supported the event in which he won Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) belt. WSACCO injected Shs5 Million to support the boxer’s preparations.
The vice chairman Board of Directors WSACCO, Lt Col Allan Kitanda on behalf of the chairman Maj Gen Sam Kavuma applauded the UPDF leadership for enabling Ssebute develop his talent alongside his primary mandate of keeping peace and maintaining security as a soldier.
“I congratulate Sgt Ssebute in particular for this milestone and for partnering with WSACCO. We are proud to associate with a champion who is our own” he said.
Lt Col Kitanda promised that Wazalendo shall plan on how to continue supporting Ssebute to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion.
The Chief Executive Officer WSACCO, Col Joseph Freddy Onata appreciated the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission and the UPDF Directorate of Sports for mentoring, training and supporting Ssebute to attain such achievements.
“We are receiving the champion and this is another exciting day for WSACCO. First and foremost, Ssebute is a UPDF Senior Non -Commissioned Officer (SNCO) and secondly, he is a member of WSACCO. Therefore, supporting him to grow his talent is vital for us” he noted.
The CEO appreciated the Board of Directors for incorporating the element of Corporate Social Responsibility to enable to the Cooperative support such important activities.
He encouraged Ssebute to maintain professionalism, discipline, hard work and resilience which will enable him win many more fights.
He also noted besides its core mandate of ensuring peace and security, the UPDF is leading the way in managing a stable and sustainable SACCO and promoting sports among the UPDF personnel.
Lt Col Dr Damiano Kato on behalf of the Director Sports UPDF, Col John Mark Ssemanda thanked WSACCO Board and Management for the continuous support to Ssebute which has enabled him to become a champion, and to hold Uganda’s flag high.
He asked WSACCO leadership to continue supporting Ssebute so that he can win the African title and eventually the international belt.
He said grooming Ssebute has been easy because he is disciplined and also promotes unity among Ugandans.
Col Kato also said that boxing helps in promoting health and economic empowerment among the military personnel.
Ssebute Abdul pledged to double his efforts, given the motivation and support from WSACCO and other well-wishers.
“My dream is to become the world champion and I request everyone to support me to achieve my dream. Regardless of the level that I will reach, I will always remain part of UPDF and Uganda as a whole. “I will bring every achievement