SCRABBLE ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA
FORT PORTAL SCRABBLE OPEN
Tooro Golf Club
August 4-5, 2018
Captain Fredrick Lugard was a determined agent of the British Empire. When he came to Buganda in 1890s, one of his missions was to expand the influence of the Empire to the north of Buganda into Bunyoro. The great and no nonsense omukama Kabalega was reigning in Bunyoro and was disagreeable to any infringement on his territory. (Dr. Muema Muumbi must be looking at me with a menacing glare).
Captain Lugard was adept to put the Omukama’s resolve to the ultimate test. Battle. So then after months of traversing through the tropical heat, the greenery, the wildness, vastness, the pristine rivers, ravines and stupefying beauty of the countryside, Captain Lugard pitched at the foot of the snowcapped rain mountain that the Batooro called Rwenzori.
The story for the fight between Bunyoro and the British empire will be the subject for another day. The ramification of that encounter lives with us (again that lingering menace from DAMU).
So then, it came to pass that on the weekend of August 4 – 5th 2018, the battle of wits shifted to The New Fort View Resort outside Fort Portal town, a stone’s throw from where Captain Lugard camped.
Tooro Scrabble Club marshalled by Eriya Byaruhanga are hosting Scrabble Uganda to another of the Africa Scrabble Championship qualifier series.
On the first day, in game 6, Edgar Ondongkara bettered a ten year record of the highest word score. Playing against David Musinguzi from Mbarara Club – a man who quietly snatches people’s games; Edgar landed ANTIQuED for 293 plus 5. Just like that the record of 274 (ZENITHAL) fell. Edgar would amass an obscene spread to surge to the lead.
With additional bingoes in PElVICS, TEARERS, ATOMISED, this game totaled 1100; Edgar 757 David 343, over 400 spread - the highest in the tournament.