Miiro: Inspired by young brother’s medal

Sunday August 2 2020



Fazil Juma Kaggwa and Juma Miiro

Fazil Juma Kaggwa and Juma Miiro 

By Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi

FAZIL
Are you closer now as adults or when you were younger?
We have been close since childood.
What is the last thing you did with your brother?
He took me for lunch four years ago. I know he does not remember.
Growing up, did you have a favourite game?
Yes, it was just boxing.
Do you ever feel like you compete with each other?
Yes, healthy competition.
Which one is more into fashion and trends?
I think it is me.
How often do you argue and what is the most memorable argument?
Not so often. Once we argued and fought about him telling lies to my grandmother.
If you got a call that Miiro is in jail, what crime would you first suspect?
Probably knocking someone’s car because he often drives people’s cars without permission and he always knocks.
In which area are you different?
We are very different in terms of fashion taste and choice of girls.
In which one are you alike?
How we treat people and our love for boxing.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done together?
Telling lies.
Who is your best mutual friend?
Shadir Musa [the captain for the national boxing team].
Have you ever teamed up to fight someone together?
Often, but we go as a group, not just the two of us.
Which nicknames do you call each other?
I used to call him Aba jikon (Swahili for grandpa in the kitchen) because he liked cooking. He hated that name the way I hated being called Mr Maa, (Mr Monkey). Sometimes I called him Mirongo (from Miiro).
What can you do that your brother cannot?
I keep secrets.
Who do you think is your parents’ favourite?
We are their children and I think they love us the same way.
What is your best childhood memory?
Our first sparring (fighting in boxing, without landing heavy blows, as a way of training) session. We used to play with our father’s gloves at home, but that was our first day in East Coast gym and our mother’s uncle, Hussein told us to return the next day for training in 2006.
How did you feel when your big brother won the Commonwealth bronze medal like you did in 2014?
I did not expect him to win but he proved otherwise. It was a dream come true. I was shivering after the fight. I was just like ‘yeah we did it and proved doubters wrong’. I was happier for his medal than mine.

MIIRO
Are you closer now or when you were younger?
We have been close since childhood.
Describe the last thing you did with your brother?
I took Fazil out for lunch because he was leaving the country.
Did you have a favourite game when you were children?
Yes, boxing.
Do you ever feel like you compete with each other?
Yes, but no beef.
Which one is more into fashion and trends?
Fazil cares more about fashion.
How often do you argue?
Rarely, it is about boxing.
If you got a call that Fazil is in jail, what crime would you first suspect he committed?
Fighting.
In which area are you different?
Our food preferences.
And in which ones are you alike?
Our choice of girls.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done together?
Fighting in groups.
Who is your best mutual friend?
Shadir Musa has been our closest mutual friend since childhood.
Which nicknames do you call each other?
He is Mr Maa (Mr Monkey). Dad is the one who gave him that name and he named me Kamiiro. I don’t know why.
What can you do that your brother cannot?
I can deejay.
Who do you think is your parents’ favourite?
Fazil.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Our first fight in the gym.
How did you feel when your little brother won the Commonwealth bronze medal before you?
I felt good and it gave me strength to work harder because I also wanted to be a champion.
What things are you both bad at?
Phew! Singing.
What are you good at that people don’t know?
Mixing music.
What did you most fight about as children?
Arguments. We argued a lot and no one wanted to lose. We sometimes ended up fighting.
With time, what has changed about your brother?
Responsibilities, especially having family.
Who has more friends and why?
Fazil because he was the first to win a medal for Uganda and competing at many championships, locally and internationally.

Bits...

The brothers
The two are boxers and they speak four languages: Nubian, Luganda, Swahili and English .

Fazil says
What things are you both bad at?

Singing.
What are you good at that people don’t know about?

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I’m a good music video director.

What did you most fight about as children?

Reporting me toour parents.

What has changed about your brother?

He is more responsible now and active in the sport.

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