The Jamhuri Day Golf Tournament slated for Saturday, 9th December at Uganda Golf Club’s (UGC) par-72 course in Kitante, Kampala will be the key event to celebrate this year’s Jamhuri Day (Kenya Independence Day). The annual tournament organized by the Kenya High Commission in Uganda was launched on Wednesday at UGC.
The Kenya Week 2023, a series of activities culminating into the Jamhuri Day reception started a few days ago and the Jamhuri Day Golf Tournament will be the fourth activity before the Independence Day itself, celebrated annually on 12th December.
The Kenya Week 2023 activities held earlier on include; Diaspora Day held last Saturday, a Corporate Social Responsibility exercise performed on Tuesday this week where by scholastic materials, a water tank, food items among other basic needs were donated to the Special Children Special People care center in Kabalagala, done by the High Commission in partnership with UAP Old Mutual.
This Friday, there will be a tree planting exercise in Mabira Forest courtesy of the Kenya High Commission in partnership with Busoga College, Mwiri. A golf tournament on Saturday and a Thanksgiving exercise on Sunday in Entebbe are other Kenya Week activities lined up for this year. The Jamhuri Day scheduled for Tuesday, 12th December will crown the celebrations.
During the 2023 Jamhuri Day Golf Tournament press launch on Wednesday, Uganda Golf Club Captain, Emmanuel Wamala said that they have been privileged to be hosting the event for a while now and they thank the Kenya High Commission for always choosing them.
“On our side as a club we are ready to host this year’s tournament. The course is in immaculate condition and we are looking forward to hosting the event on Saturday,” Wamala said adding that top performers should expect exciting prizes which will be given away during the 19th hole experience.
High Commissioner of Kenya in Uganda, H.E Maj Gen (Rtd) George Owino has thanked the perennial and new sponsors of the tournament for their support to this year’s showpiece and even the past editions.
“We hold this tournament so that we have a space for interaction with many people including Kenyans living in Uganda, native Ugandans and others,” H.E Maj Gen (Rtd) George Owino said adding that; “this is one of the major activities we have in the Kenya Week so it’s special to us.”
Through the tournament, the Kenya High Commission intends to reach out to their stakeholders as well as the corporate world.
The tournament partners and sponsors include; Uganda Golf Club, MTN Uganda, Kenya Ports Authority, NTV Uganda, Equity Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Credit Bank, Family TV, Pinnacle Security, Case Medicare, UAP Old Mutual Insurance, Cooperative Insurance Company (CIC) Insurance, Hass Petroleum, Kenya Airways, Uganda Breweries Limited among others.
Kenya Airways will give four return air tickets to the outstanding winners to the destination that will be decided by the High Commission whilst KCB will sponsor the top four to the KCB Kenya Golf tours, they also unveiled a UGX 20 Million Shillings cheque. Equity Bank presented a UGX 15 Million Shillings cheque.
Meanwhile, in the 2022 edition, Godwin Murungi and Hisae Koshiba emerged overall winners in the men’s and women’s categories respectively after both returning 41 points.