The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations and Commander UPDF Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has hailed Busoga and in particular, Jinja for being the 'Pearl of Uganda'.
Much as Uganda has been dubbed the Pearl of Africa, first by Winston Churchill 1908, according to Gen Kainerugaba, Jinja in Busoga subregion is the Pearl of Uganda for it's several beautiful iconic sites and talent development.
He cited a number of talented people in various sports disciplines including SC Villa's Hakim Magumba, athlete Ronald Musagala, Steven Bogere and Alex Isabirye who was footballer of the year in 2003 among others.
The CLF also recognized former FUFA president Twaha Kakaire who introduced women's football in Uganda in 1999.
He also noted that Busoga is not only blessed with talented sportsmen and women but also great artists like the late Mowzey Radio and Rachel Magoola among others.
"I mention all this because I want the young people to know that you can use your talent and become a very successful person," Gen Kainerugaba said, adding that the government will continue to offer a supportive environment for all talented Ugandans to thrive as it has been doing.
The General who was accompanied by senior UPDF officers was in Jinja to flag off the CECAFA Women's Championship 2022 at Kakindu stadium in Jinja on Sunday. The UPDF Generals present were Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, Maj Gen Don Nabasa, Brig Gen Felix Busizoori and Brig Peter Gaetano Omola. Col Mcdans Kamugira and Lt Col Chris Magezi were also present among others.
The competition will be hosted in Uganda from June 1 to 11th of the same month.
Some of the countries taking part include hosts - Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
Meanwhile, Gen Kainerugaba who first visited Kyabazinga Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV at his Igenge Palace thanked him for championing the development of iconic sites in Busoga, further ensuring the status of Busoga and Jinja as the 'Pearl of Uganda.'
"I want to thank, in a special way, the Kyabazinga of Busoga and his cabinet for development some of these cultural sites in Busoga," Gen Kainerugaba noted, urging the visiting teams to take off time off their sporting activities to enjoy the tourist attractions in the area.
The General assured the visitors and Ugandans at large that Uganda is calm and peaceful, commending the works of the security forces for the great work.
Speaking to the sports personalities, Gen Kainerugaba urged the players on the quality of competition citing legendary sportsman Mike Marshall's words: "victory is in the quality of competition and not the final score."
As such, the CLF added that by merely participating in the CECAFA games, the teams were already victorious.
"It is important to win, but even more, to enjoy the games," Gen Kainerugaba noted.