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State of affairs in Ugandan rugby

The Uganda Rugby Union held a stakeholders annual general meeting last Sunday at Nob View hotel in Ntinda to review the state of Ugandan rugby in the past twelve months.

Top on the agenda was obviously the election of the new executive, alongside reports delivered from different offices within the union like digital presence, training and education, finance and get into rugby program.

In his Teaching and Education report, Mr Robert Bwali thanked Black Pirates, Kings College Budo, Namilyango College, and Jinja Hippos for providing resources and platforms to train officials i.e commissars, medics and referees.

Denise Namale, Head of Digital Communications at URU, presented a comprehensive report on how social media activities have changed for the better since she took on the office, and gave an open call to club to reach out to her so they can work out a strategy on how to promote the visibility of the game with online resources.

Owing to the cancellation of the Gold Cup, there is work in the pipeline to revive other regional competitions like the Victoria Cup which constituted of Kenya and Zimbabwe as well. The cancellation of those programs however only affects Rugby Afrique 15s tourneys i.e Gold Cup and Silver Cup but the Women and Men’s 7s programs will go on as planned.

Just as was the case last year, there will be 8 series of the 7s circuit to be played this year. And after a successful outing in Mbarara, there is talks of having two upcountry legs in Masaka and Mbale this year to expand the game to different regions. The tentative date for kick-off of the 7s calendar is 25th May 2019.

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Elections for the respective offices were conducted, with FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi acting as the returning officer and this is how they tallied:

All positions went to the ballot except VP Commercial and Women’s Rep who had unopposed candidates i.e Peter Magona and Regina Lunyolo respectively.

Standing L-R : General Secretary Peter Odong, Upcountry representative Vian Matsiko, Treasurer Simon Mutama. Seated L-R: Women’s rep Regina Lunyolo, Age Grade and Development Chair Dorothy Nekesa, President Godwin Kayangwe, VP Technical Oscar Olaro. Photo : Uganda Rugby Union

Votes and how they were tallied.

Age Grade – Dorothy Nekesa (30). Bizimana Valence (20)
Upcountry Representative – Vian Matsiko (35) Bernard Wekhola (06) Meddie Rwakishaya (10)
Treasurer – Mutama Simon (33) Aggrey Amanyabyoona (20)
Secretary – Wafula Herbert (10) Irene Namapii (18) Michael Abaliwano (00) Odong Peter (25)
VP Technical – Olaro Oscar (28) Umah Tete (03) Leonard Were (22)
President – Ivan Ssemuwemba (09) Godwin Kayangwe (44)

NB: There were 53 voting delegates but some were ruled invalid during the electoral process.

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