National Council of Sports (NCS) has announced that it does not recognize the current executive committee of Uganda Olympic Committee.
This is because the executive was not rightly voted into office in the purported Uganda Olympic Committee elections last Saturday25th January, 2017.
While addressing a media press conference over UOC defiance NCS chairman Bosco Onyik said that the decision is because UOC went against their instruction to halt the elections.
Onyik was flanked at the press conference by his vice chairman technical Zubir Galiwango and the general secretary Nicholas Muramagi among other officials.
He said that the elections are null and void.
NCS board members addressing the press in Lugogo
Onyik said that the Rugby Union, Rowing Association, Shooting Sports Federation, Table Tennis (under Jagwe), Weightlifting, Wrestling, Fencing, Gymnastics and Equestrian associations should not have constituted the UOC General Assembly because they are not recognized as national sports bodies.
Therefore the UOC General Assembly was not lawfully constituted since it comprised of non-registered entities to manage sports in Uganda.
Whilst NCS was not opposed to the Elective General Assembly of the UOC, we wish to note that Electoral process should have been conducted in a fair and lawful manner, given the fact that the law is very clear on the non-complaint Sports Associations.
I t was against this background that NCS wrote to UOC on 25th January, 2017, notifying them of the various irregularities in he electoral process, and also suspending the elections of the UOC that was meant to take place on Saturday 28th January 2017.
Uganda expects to host FIFA President Gianni Infantino two-days next weekend -25th and 26th February, 2017.
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo confirmed the visit which is part of the world football governing body FIFA’s project to share football development ideas under Infantino.
“I will be arriving in Entebbe on 25th February 2017. I have no doubt that this visit will help us to lay foundations for further cooperation and to share our personal visions for the continued development of our sport in your country,” Infantino’s letter to Magogo read in part.
Magogo described the visit as a great moment in Ugandan football saying that after the visit Ugandan football will never be the same.
National Council of Sports (NCS) has suspended elections organized by Uganda Olympic Committee General elections
UOC had organised their general elections for Saturday at their offices in Lugogo with national federations/association of the 23 Olympic sports set to vote in a new UOC president.
In a letter to Nicholas Muramagi, who signed the letter dated January 25, 2017, the elections have been suspended due to anomalies in its organization.
“By copy of this letter all compliant National Sports Associations/Federations (Olympic Sports) are hereby of this decision and should accordingly desist from participating in the aforementioned Assembly,” Muramagi wrote.
Federation officials Muramagi noted in the letter that NCS had also received petitions from recognized national Sports Associations in respect of various illegalities relating to the UOC electoral process.
“In view of the above, and as a regulator of Sports in the Country, his is to instruct you to immediately halt the elections until aforementioned issues are harmonized,” Muramagi continued in the letter.
The letter addressed to UOC President William Blick copied to the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni and State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi.
Others copied in the letter are solicitor general ministry of justice and constitutional affairs, Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and all complaint National Federations/Association at NCS among others.
National Council of Sports has instructed Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) to stop their elections until further notice.
UOC was due to elect a new president on Saturday but following complaints from Uganda Boxing Federation, NCS board members led by Bosco Onyik and his vice chairman technical Hajji Zubair Galiwango instructed them to stop it.
Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) have petitioned NCS citing irregularities in organization of the election.
NCS board meeting chaired by Bosco Onyik with his vice technical Hajji Zubair Galiwango in a letter dated January 25, 2017 instructed that the elections not to be held until further notice.
NCS said that they also see conflict of interest because the presiding officer at the elections was appointed by Blick who is contesting the elections. Onyik said that some of the sports federations and associations are not recognised by NCS.
At NCS Uganda Table Tennis Association has different leadership while it is the different at UOC. Shooting, Weightlifting, Rugby and Rowing are members at UOC although they are not recognised.
“We cannot sit to witness problems at UOC. Some the members designated to vote are not recognized at NCS. We therefore instruct them to halt the elections until the issues of presiding officer and the illegitimate voters are sorted,” Onyik said.
Candidates for the UOC presidency are Denis Mbidde and Blick.
Mbidde argues that UOC under his competitor has appointed Sim Katende assisted by Michael Wandera to preside the elections contrary to their constitution that provides for the assembly to elect the same.
Nyakana and Kavuma also expect an interim order over the same stoppage of the exercise because UOC have insisted they will go ahead with the exercise.