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Kilembe Mines Golfer's Drum Support As Locals Turn the Course into Grazing Field

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.
Part of the course has been turned into a grazing field by the locals

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Livestock 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.