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Ex-Tanzanian president arrives today for cancer run

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By PAUL TAJUBA

Posted  Friday, August 29   2014 at  01:00

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The run seeks to raise money for the completion of a cancer ward at Nsambya hospital.

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Kampala- Former president of Tanzania Ali Hassan Mwinyi will be in the country today, two days ahead of the Rotary Cancer Run, organisers have confirmed.

“He (Mwinyi) will be the ‘chief runner’. He is coming with his wife and 10 other people aboard Kenya Airways flight,” said Ms Enid Nambuya, the chairperson of the mobilisation committee for the Run.

The Pepsi and Centenary Bank-sponsored Rotary Cancer Run, now in its third year, seeks to raise money to complete the Rotary Centenary Cancer Ward at St Raphael of St Francis Hospital, Nsambya in Kampala.

The planned 36-bed capacity ward is estimated to cost Shs1.3 billion and is currently in its final stages.

Ms Nambuya said the former Tanzania President will tour the ward that is still under construction.
The run is expected to attract at least 30,000 runners in the 21km, 10km and 5km categories.
The flag-off ceremony will be at the Kololo Ceremonial grounds.

“The kits arrived last week and all participants are urged to go pick their kits,” Ms Nambuya said.

Registration for the run is currently ongoing at Shs10,000 at Centenary Bank (Mapeera House), Rotary Uganda Office, Bridge Credit Finance, and all Capital Shoppers supermarket outlets.

More than 15 corporate companies including Monitor Publications Ltd and thousands of individuals have already confirmed participation.

ptajuba@ug.nationalmedia.com