has taken over Kilembe mines golf
course in Kasese district. Some
of the buffers have been removed by the local communities.
The Kilembe Mines
Golf Club-KMGC Captain Paul Kasaija, attributes the problem on the redundancy
of the club.
Kasaija says the golf course has been at a risk of possible encroachment for
far too long and asked politicians and government to support recreational
grounds as one of the many ways of supporting young people’s talents.
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Habibu Kisande, the Kilembe Mines Golf Club Secretary wants district authorities
to take interest in the affairs of the golf course for the good of the current
and future golfers.
Joel Bigirwenkya, a golfer from Hima cement says they need to partner with all
stakeholders to bring back the golf course to its glory.
He says the club
deteriorated due to lack of sponsorship, which has passed on an open invitation
to cattle and goat keepers.
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Wilfred Kusemererwa, who has been a member of the club for over 2 years, says
they are up to save the situation by starting competitions to activate the use
of the course.
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Kusemererwa appeals to government, golf union and golfers to support the golf
course and the club to get back to its pinnacle.
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Gad Musasizi, the former Kasese golf club captain, says they are determined to
maintain the club.
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Robert Arinitwe, the western region representative in the National Council of Sports
notes that most recreational grounds across the country have been taken over by
land grabbers. He says land grabbers have taken advantage of the silent
laws and some docile sports organs in the country to take over the facilities.
Godfrey Kabyanga, the
mayor Kasese municipality notes that sports is an expensive venture, which can’t
be managed by the slim district budgets. Even though sports is usually under
the arm pits of the education sector, Kabyanga notes that the sector is itself
constrained to spread its resources beyond academics.
Kilembe mines golf course is an 18-hole course and ranks as one of the largest
course in East and central Africa. Established in the late 1950s, when Kilembe Mines was fully
operational, KMGC quickly developed a reputation as one of the best golf
clubs in East Africa. The club was a hub of social
and golfing activities in western Uganda.