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Ugandan Athletes Shine At 2019 MTN Kampala Marathon

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By Staff Writer

The 16th Edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon 2019 has been concluded today Sunday 24th November 2019

  • 25,000 people participated in the various categories of the Marathon including elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds
  • All proceeds from the marathon will be used to improve maternal health facilities in a Health Centre IV hospital, to be selected in the region.

For the 16th time, thousands of Ugandans and people from the neighboring countries took part in the MTN Kampala Marathon (MKM). Held under the theme “For a good cause”, the proceeds from the marathon will go to improving maternal health across the country.

Participants took part in a full marathon (42km), Half marathon (21km), 10km run and the differently abled participated in the 5Km wheelchair race. The wheelchair race that  was previously held a weekend before the main marathon event was also held today foster inclusiveness.

Special attention was made to ensure every participant has a vest that fits and enables a comfortable running experience. Additionally, this year’s kit came with a phone holder worn on the arm to enable participants to run with their phones.

The Marathon attracted elite runners from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

All the runners were flagged off by the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, The MTN CEO, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte and The General Manager, MTN Corporate Affairs, Ms. Enid Edroma at the Kololo Independence grounds.

Uganda’s Phillip Kiplimo who covered the 42km race in 2 hours thirteen minutes and 56 seconds walked away with shs. 20 million. In the female category, Uganda’s Nyakisi Adero who covered the same distance in 2 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds also won sh.20 million.

In the 21km race, Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda won shs. 4.5 million having covered the distance in 1 hour 1 minute and 53 seconds. In the females’ category, Juliet Chekwel from Uganda also walked away with shs. 4.5 million after completing the race in 1 hour 13 minutes and 8 seconds.

In the 10Km race, Uganda’s Denis Cherotich fished the race in 35 minutes and 29 minutes, walking away with shs. 1.5 million. His female counterpart, Sauline Chelangat, also from Uganda walked away with the same amount having completed the race in 35 minutes and 29 seconds.

In the wheel chair race, Kevin Mubiru came first while Polline Acayo took the lead among the females. In the Tricycle race, Mohammed Ngobi and Mariam Kasibira took the mantle of the day.

Sheraton Hotel won 3.4 million shillings under the corporate challenge. They will spend this money on a charity of their choice under a registered Non-Government Organization.

Levixone, Fresh Kid, Vinka, John Blaq and Spice Diana among others entertained the crowd.

Like last year, the MKM was preceded by regional runs aimed at giving the sixteen year old annual event a national feel. This year’s regional races were held in Soroti, Arua and Masaka. Proceeds from the races will go towards improving maternal health in those particular regions.

The Regional Runs started in Soroti on 3rd November. Thereafter, action moved to Arua on Sunday 10th November, action has been moved to Arua town. Thereafter, the regional runs will be wrapped up in Masaka on Sunday 17th November 2019 ahead of the main MTN Kampala Marathon in Kampala that happened today.

With an estimated 336 deaths per 100,000 live births, Uganda’s maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world. This explains why for the third year in a row, the Marathon will focus on improving maternal health.

Proceeds from last year’s Marathon are being used to complement efforts by the Ministry of Health to improve service delivery in 5 Health Centre IV facilities across Uganda.

While the regional races will feature a single 10km route run, the Kampala Marathon will feature five routes including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), the 10Km race and 5Km fun run and the wheelchair race.

10 KM WINNERS

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 15194 Denis Cherotich Uganda 00;29;59 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22625 Bushendich Mande Uganda 00:30:05 Ush. 800,000
3 15203 Phillip Kipyeko Uganda 00:30:12 Ush. 500,000
4 20319 Kwemoi Salim Uganda 00:30:14 Ush. 300,000
5 22618 Ezekiel Mutai Uganda 00:30:15 Ush. 200,000

10 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 17171 Sauline Chelangat Uganda 00:35:29 Ush. 1.5 Mil
2 22610 Lillan Cheptegai Uganda 00:35:41 Ush. 800,000
3 15188 Sharon Chepkwemboi Uganda 00:36:12 Ush. 500,000
4 15190 Phanice Chemutai Uganda 00:36:28 Ush. 300,000
5 15191 Ruth Mande Uganda 00:36:34 Ush. 200,000

21.1 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash Prize
1 1708 Jacob Kiplimo Uganda 01:10:53 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1640 Filex Chemonges Uganda 01:02:57 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1168 Kibet Titus Uganda 01:03:21 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1188 Moses Kibet Uganda 01:03:37 Ush. 750,000
5 1709 Isaac Kibet Uganda 01:04:34 Ush. 375,000

21.1 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Race time Cash prize
1 1182 Juliet Chekwel Uganda 01:13.08 Ush. 4.5 Mil
2 1167 Doreen Chemutai Uganda 01:13:09 Ush. 2.5 Mil
3 1643 Dorcus Ajok Uganda 01:14:13 Ush. 1.5 Mil
4 1183 Doreen Chesang Uganda 01:14:21 USH. 750,000
5 1163 Annet Chelangat Uganda 01:14:23 Ush. 375,000

42.2 KM

MEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 341 Phillip Kiplimo Uganda 02:13:56 Ush. 20 Mil
2 346 Fred Musobo Uganda 02:15:23 Ush. 10 Mil
3 337 Anthony Ayeko Uganda 02:15:52 Ush. 5 Mil
4 328 Soyekwo Kibet Uganda 02:16:17 Ush, 3 Mil
5 378 Francis Musani Uganda 02:18:03 Ush. 2 Mil
6 334 Daniel Rotich Uganda 02:18:38 Ush. 1.24 Mil
7 338 Patrick Kiptalah Uganda 02:20:29 Ush. 900,000
8 323 Hable Guta Bira Ethiopia 02:20:49 Ush. 800,000
9 355 Alfred Kiptoyek Uganda 02:20:55 Ush. 700,000
10 9 Allan Andiema Uganda 02:21:00 Ush.600,000

42.2 KM WINNERS

WOMEN

Position Number Name Country Time Cash prize
1 342 Nyakisi Adero Uganda 02:41:11 Ush 20 Mil
2 340 Vanis Chemutai Uganda 02:45:42 Ush. 10 Mil
3 322 Kidist Fiseha Tedia Eritrea 02:47:01 Ush. 5 Mil
4 324 Lydia Wafula Kenya 02:49:08 Ush. 3 Mil
5 354 Priscilla Chelangat Uganda 02:49:45 Ush.2Mil
6 26 Migada Caroline Uganda 02:50:55 1.24 Mil
7 399 Omari Doris Kenya 02:52:59 Ush. 900,000
8 376 Rotich Lydia Chepleting Kenya 02:54:15 Ush. 800,000
9 320 Debesay Yohannes Hibret Eritrea 02:55:43 Ush. 700,000
10 318 Eileen Jepngetich Korir Kenya 02:57:10 Ush. 600,000

Tri-cycle Men

Number Name Position
5510 Ngobi Muhammed 1
5019  Abongo Geofrey 2
10174 Suusa Karim 3

Wheel chair Men

Number Name Position
5514 Mubiru Kevin 1
5016 Ocira Richard 2
5020 Ziraba Christopher 3

Tri-cycle women

Number Name Position
5002 Kasibira Mariam 11
5017 Acen Florence 2
5568 Elivaida Abenoyo 3

Wheel chair women

Number Name Position
5002 Acayo Polline 1
5003 Kyalimpa Vastar 2

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I am not in debt — Rema

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Singer Rema Namakula has dismissed reports claiming that she is choking on debts.

It had been alleged that Rema had sold off several of her valuable assets to fund her introduction ceremony. The rumors become rife after it emerged that the singer’s car, a Prado TX model, had also been put on sale soon after her introduction. It was alleged this was the singer’s effort to raise more money to pay off debts.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, the “Gutujja” hitmaker insisted that the sale of her car has nothing to do with her current financial position, adding that all the service providers were duly paid.

“You saw how big my introduction ceremony was. The money from selling the car would not have even been enough to feed the guests.” Rema said.

“I am not in debt, and that is one thing I am very scared of,” she added. “I always pay all my service providers promptly and this is why you have never seen anyone come out complaining or say I have defaulted.”

Rema introduced her lover, Dr Hamza Sebunya, in a lavish ceremony that was held in November last year.

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Rema officially announces 2020 concert

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Rema Namakula

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Songstress Rema Namakula has started off the year in high gear as she officially announced her 2020 concert.

The announcement was made during a press conference held at the New Vision offices on Wednesday. She will be thrilling her fans in a live concert dubbed “Hottest 2020” that will take place on Valentine’s Day at Hotel Africana.

Speaking to media, Rema applauded her fans for their continued support throughout the years and promised to deliver her best at the concert.

“This concert is majorly for my fans, the fuel that has kept the music engine burning all these years. You guys have given me your everything by supporting me in all aspects of my life so this is going to be a thank you from me. Come expecting the best from me.” Said Rema.

Organised by KT Events, Rema will also hold subsequent shows across the country. She entertain her fans at Collin Hotel in Mukono on February 15, Maria Flo in Masaka on February 16, and Agip Motel in Mbarara and Lyantonde on February 22 &23 respectively. She will conclude with a show at Freedom City on Women’s Day.

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Nilerz Band to headline new band night at Monalisa

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Nilerz Band, a reggae-dancehall music outfit, will be the lead entertainers at the new band-themed night that will be happening weekly at the Kisasi-based Monalisa De Boss Lounge.

The night which debuted on Wednesday had Nilerz Band take revelers on a musical roller coaster. From Reggae to Dancehall to Afro-pop to Congolese music, the band kept the crowd well entertained as they unwound for the evening. Revelers were elated and danced the night away to the cool vibes from the band in a 3-hour live showcase.

Nilerz Band, a 10-man outfit with 4 years music experience, is returning from a stint in Nairobi, Kenya and looking to re-establish themselves on the local music scene by going mainstream. This according to the band manager and guitarist, Emma Marudi.

“Our time in Nairobi was an adventure. After one year testing new markets and learning, we have returned home to reestablish ourselves,” Marudi revealed. “We no longer just want to be a cover band, but a recording band as well.”

“We will be hitting studio to record our first single soon,” he added.

The band will be playing every Wednesday at Monalisa De Boss Lounge.

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