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Minister Dismisses Critics of Uganda’s AFCON 2027 Hosting

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Chris Baryomunsi
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In a recent statement, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, addressed concerns raised by some individuals regarding Uganda’s ability to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2027 alongside Kenya and Tanzania. The critics, according to Dr. Baryomunsi, were labeled as self-interested individuals who have negative intentions for the country.

Dr. Baryomunsi expressed confidence that by the time 2027 arrives, Uganda will have the necessary facilities and resources in place to successfully host the tournament. He criticized the critics, stating, “We have Ugandans who dislike their own country as if they belong to another nation. These individuals seem to be idle and are merely creating unnecessary work for themselves. Unfortunately for them, their criticisms will have no significant impact.”

Addressing specific figures like the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and lawyer Male Mabirizi, Dr. Baryomunsi suggested that some critics were seeking media coverage. Nevertheless, he affirmed that Uganda, along with its partner countries, would give their best efforts when the time for hosting AFCON 2027 comes.

On September 27, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) granted hosting rights for the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.