By: Petride Mudoola

KAMPALA, March 10 (NNN-NEW VISION) — Success breeds success and it’s no wonder that Uganda’s world and Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich has been promoted by the Uganda Prisons Services (UPS) to the rank of Superintendent of Prisons, a befitting rank for a man who has made Uganda proud.

Kiprotich becomes the first prison officer in the history of the UPS to receive simultaneous promotions in recognition of his excellent performance in sports. In 2012, the man who triumphed at the London Olympics marathon to win Uganda’s first Olympic gold medal gold medal since 1972, was elevated from the rank of Prison Warder to Assistant Superintendent of Prisons in recognition of his stellar performance at the Games.

The marathoner received his second promotion in recognition of his wonderful performance when he added the World Athletics Championships marathon gold medal to his Olympic title in Moscow last year.

The Commissioner-General of Prisons, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, said over the weekend that Kiprotich’s promotion was in line with the prison service policy of recognizing its excellent sportsmen and women.

“For this outstanding achievement of being a double world champion, the second man in the world to hold those two championships was duly promoted from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Prisons to the rank of Superintendent of Prisons,” Byabashaija said.

According to the Prison’s chief, Kiprotich is expected to undergo two courses in order to qualify for the rank of Superintendent of Prisons. “When he eventually finishes his running career, Kiprotich is expected to undertake a senior staff commander’s course recommended for an Assistant Superintendent of Prisons and Superintendent course attainable at the Malaysian Correctional Academy,” Byabashaija stated.


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