By Our Reporter.
Ugandan athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai, who reaped gold medals at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, have helped to redeem police image.
Police Officer Joshua Cheptegei rewrote history books when he won gold in 5,000metres plus a silver medal in 10,000metres to become the first Ugandan athlete to win two medals at a single Olympics event.
As if that was not good enough youthful police Officer Ms Peruth Chemutai became the first woman to ever win gold for Uganda at the Olympics as she won convincingly the 3,000 m steeplechase.
It must be noted that the first gold medal for Uganda at the Olympics was won by a Police Officer John Akii Bua in 400 metres hurdles at the 1972 Munich games clocking 47:82secs.
Cheptegei ‘s accolades in Japan come after his outstanding performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia where he won two gold medals in 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres.
Joshua Cheptegei became the most decorated Olympian in Uganda’s history and his feat might take a long time before any athlete at home breaks his records.
Uganda Police Force (UPF) Spokesperson Afande Fred Enanga told the Workers Eye that the two athletes have within a short time completely redeemed the negative image of the force.
He said for quite a long time Uganda Police has been in the media with negative publicity over unfortunate incidents which bring policemen and women in direct confrontation with the members of the public.
“Uganda Police has been in the media with negative publicity over incidents that bring them in confrontation with members of the public,” he said.
Mr Enanga said the fact that two police officers can hoist the Ugandan flag high at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, means they have achieved more than what was envisaged.
He said:” We are going to use the accolades registered by the two athletes as a promotional campaign to develop and promote sports while cleaning our image.”
The Police publicist said there are many good things that they do which go unreported in the media, adding that politicians especially opposition groups paint a negative picture of the force.
Mr Enanga said they will continue running an intensive athletics development programme in Sebei around Bukwo under Uganda athletics federation to tap talented and develop them into national and world stars.
Sources within Uganda Police Force indicate the top officials are working out big motivational package to reward the golden athletes including promotions.
Police officers Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai will soon become the richest athletes in Uganda. Presidential rewards for outstanding athletes has Ushs 5 million for gold winner, Ushs 3 million for silver medalist and Ush 1 million for a bronze winner per athlete per month.
In 2018 the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Esq Martin Okoth Ochola promoted three Uganda Police athletes that represented Uganda at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
SPC Joshua Cheptegei , who won two gold medals in 5,000 and 10,000 metres, was promoted to Police Constable and then appointed to the rank of Inspector of Police in addition to a cash reward of Ushs 10 million■