Speaker receives Commonwealth Games Baton

The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, Tuesday, 28th March 2017 received the Queen’s Baton.
The Baton which is a symbol of unity contains a message from Queen Elizabeth II which will be read at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Uganda is the fourth country where the Baton relay has made a stopover.
The Baton was handed over to the Speaker by the Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Gideon Sam.

The Acting High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission based in Nairobi, Jeremy Green said that the Commonwealth shares the values of democracy, human rights and good governance.
“These values should be unwrapped in the Commonwealth games; we look forward to welcoming the Ugandan contingent to Gold Coast,” he added.

Kadaga acknowledged receipt of the Baton and assured the delegation that Uganda will be at the Games and field a strong team.
“We are regular participants at these Games; we shall make sure our people are sharper for better results,” she said.

The Minister for Sports Hon. Charles Bakabulindi, the President of the Uganda Olympic Committee William Blick and the President of Uganda Basketball Association Ambrose Tashobya accompanied the Baton to Parliament.

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