Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is ready to host this year’s East Africa Local Authorities Cultural Association (EALASCA) Games, an official from the Authority who attended the just ended KICOSCA Games in Kericho has said.
Brendah Orishiba, who is also a member of the EALASCA organizing committee said their tour of Kenya was meant to confirm that Uganda is ready to host EALASCA Games after failing to do so in the last three years.
Flanked by KCCA technical member Robert Ssenyonga, Ms Orishaba said they also wanted to share with their Kenyan colleagues on how best they can improve the organization of the games compared to 2014 when they last hosted it.
“We have learnt a lot from Kenya in terms of organization, publicity and venues where cultural games should be held; this will help us a lot in ensuring the success of the regional games,” she said.
Kenya, she said, has joined Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi as other countries that have already confirmed participation for the annual games, adding that the Minister in charge of KCCA Ms Beti Kamya has sent invitations to Presidents of member countries to attend the opening ceremony.
Orishiba said Nelson Mandela Stadium Namboole will be the main venue for the games that will Uganda parade teams from five Ugandan cities including Gulu, Lira, Mbarara and Fort Portal.
The official said although Kenyan teams are good, she sounded a warning that Uganda will not be a walk in the park.
“We are ready to win back the championships from Kenya who beat us in Kampala in 2014. Football and netball are our key areas which we shall capitalize on to turn the table on the Kenyans,” she said, noting that Kenyans could stun Uganda in cultural dance and songs, but we shall try in borrowed dance.
Narok County will represent Kenya in Kampala with their folksong, Nairobi in set piece, Meru in cultural dance and Bungoma in borrowed dance.