By Watchdog reporter

Ecobank started an initiative to raise poor financial position Uganda Cranes finds itself ahead of Africa cup of Nations kickoff.

The bank through a number of platforms is asking individual and corporate Uganda to contribute whatever they have to ensure Cranes players are comfortable during the tournament which is going to take place in Gabon, few days from now.

As the campaign backed up by a team of sales executives went around, parliament moved to join the fundraising drive.

On Tuesday, the Speaker of Parliament directed that Sh500,000 be deducted from each member of Parliament’s salary to raise money for the team in Gabon.

The move comes at the back of the revelations by the sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi that the government didn’t expect Cranes to qualify for the most prestigious soccer tournament on the continent.

The minister, according to the spearnews website said in parliament that the government could not raise the sh6 billion the team needed because they were not budgeted for. However the minister added that government had resolved to give sh2 billion to the national team, especially because the technocrats believe cranes won’t go beyond the group stage.

However Allan Ssewanyana from Makindye West said Bakkabulindi was lying on the money Cranes got since he knows the team got only Sh1 billion. It’s likely the ministry officials are keeping the balance like it is the ‘njawulo’ norm in Uganda.