South Sudan Approves $1.2 Million for Debut Participation in EAC Games

Information Minister Michael Makuei addressing the press following a Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President Salva Kür on October 6, 2023, during which several important decisions were made. PHOTO/COURTESY

South Sudan | THE BLACK EXAMINER | The Council of Ministers approved a budget of approximately 1.2 million U.S. dollars to fund South Sudan’s participation in the upcoming East African Community (EAC) games.

This allocation of funds followed the cabinet’s approval of a presentation by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu. From November 20th to 30th, South Sudan is set to make its debut in the Second Edition of the East African Games in Kigali, Rwanda. The first edition of this regional competition took place in Burundi in 2018, but South Sudan did not participate due to a lack of preparations resulting from the ongoing conflict.

Minister Michael Makuei Lueth emphasized that over 100 individuals would represent South Sudan in the EAC games. He explained the significance of South Sudan’s participation, stating, “So, the estimated cost of this second edition in Kigali is one million, two hundred and forty-one thousand, seven hundred and fifty-one dollars. This covers the expenses of over 100 participants in various sports disciplines and the necessary management.”

The recommendation to allocate these funds for South Sudan’s participation in the EAC Games was approved and passed, with the Minister of Finance directed to disburse the funds accordingly.

The EAC Games, a regional sports initiative, emerged from the decision of the 20th EAC Council of Ministers. This decision directed the Secretariat to organize and hold sports tournaments regularly, with the participation of the private sector, civil society, and development partners. The EAC Games encompass various sports disciplines, including Athletics, Football, Handball, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Tennis, Rugby, Judo, Karate, Boxing, and Taekwondo.

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Mimi Nina Lakhani
Mimi Nina Lakhani
I'm Nina, a Kenyan-born Tanzanian. I write about politics, business, investment, oil and gas, and climate. Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya. Daily News Tanzania (Tanzania) | Tuko (Kenya) | Eye Radio (South Sudan) | The Black Examiner (Uganda)