Cheptegei: I’m still waiting for Museveni’s 2014 cash promise

Double Commonwealth games gold medalist Joshua Cheptegei is keeping his fingers crossed that President Yoweri Museveni’s pledges to the Gold Coast medalists will come to reality this time.

Museveni hosted the medalists to a luncheon at State House Entebbe on Sunday, and promised to build a house each for Cheptegei and Stella Chesanga who won gold medals for Uganda at the this year’s Commonwealth games in Gold Coast Australia.

In addition to the houses, the president repeated his 2014 pledge of giving the medalists a monthly salary of Shs 5m for gold medalists, Shs 3m for Solomon Mutai who won silver and Shs 1m each for boxer Juma Miiro and long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat who won bronze until they retire from their respective sporting disciplines.

“I built a house to Kiprotich (Stephen), I built a house to Inzikuru (Docus) I will all build house to Cheptegei and Chesanga as sign of appreciation. They will be receiving five millions each for their gold medals. For Cheptegei I am paying for one medal,” said Museveni.

Medalists pose for a photo with the president and first lady at State House in Entebbe on Sunday 22.

This was not the first time for Cheptegei to hear these presidential pledges. The long distance runner was first promised the same in 2014 after he won 10000m gold medal in the World junior athletics championships held in the US.
But he claims to have not received the money that Museveni promised four years ago.

“I think this time the money promise is real, because last time I was promised but I have never received that money,” said Cheptegei.
Then, Museveni gave him a brand new car and promised a monthly pay.