The 6th EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games commenced earlier this week in Kigali, Rwanda with tug-of-war.
In athletics, Senator Isaac Melly of Kenya made a dash to the line in 11.67 seconds to win the 100 metres race with compatriot MP David Ochieng coming in second thirty seconds later. Former Boston Marathon Champion, MP Wesley Korir comfortably won the 800 meters race on 2 minutes 19 seconds while MP Kisoi Munyao came second. Rwandan legislator, Semasaka Gabriel finished third.
In the women’s category, legislators from Rwanda carried the day in the 100 metres and 800 metres respectively.
Rwanda’s Petronile Mukandekezi beat a strong field in the 100 metre dash hitting the 16.22 mark while Nyirahirwa Venerandana was second. Hon Eusillah Ngeny of Kenya came in third crossing the line on 16.54.
In 800 metres Rwanda’s Annonce Manirarora won the race in 4min.44 while Dorcas Ngeny, Parliament of Kenya and Nancy Abisai of EALA came in second and third respectively.
In Tug- of- War, men’s category, the Parliament of Kenya carried the day as overall winner after beating both the Parliament of Rwanda and EALA by an identical 2-1 pull.
EALA similarly got 2 pulls over 1 of the Parliament of Rwanda.
In women’s category, the Parliament of Kenya again triumphed after beating both EALA and Rwanda on two similar pulls margin. Earlier on, the Parliament of Rwanda had held on to pull twice over EALA.
The games were preceded by a Pre-Tournament Conference called to nurture bonding and a spirit of friendship during the games, which are the 6th such for the region.
The games are considered as a key aspect of building relations between the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the National Assemblies in the EAC region.
Following a decision by the EAC Speakers’ Forum in 2009, the games were institutionalized as an annual activity of the EALA and national Assemblies.
The inaugural Inter-Parliamentary Football Tournament was then held in Arusha, Tanzania in November 2009 to mark the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the EAC. Since then, EAC Partner States have hosted the Inter-Parliamentary Games on a rotational basis.
The second tournament was held in Burundi, in 2011 while Kenya hosted the third in 2012. Uganda hosted the fourth edition in 2013 while the fifth was hosted by Tanzania in 2014.