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USPA holds elective assembly, Muwanga retains presidency unopposed

The newly-elected USPA Executive Board (L-R): Organising secretary Bwambale FRANCIS, President Sabiiti MUWANGA, treasurer Mubarak KAYLE and General secretary Patrick KANYOMOZI (Photo: USPA)
by Norman Katende, USPA
KAMPALA, November 28, 2016 - A more united and hardworking executive is what the Uganda Sports Press Association members should expect from their executive during the the next term of two years, if the promise made by The New Vision Sports Editor Sabiti Muwanga, is to go by.

Muwanga made the promise after retaining his USPA presidency post for his last term, during the elective assembly that took place at the City Oil conference room in Kamwokya, Kampala- the capital city of Uganda on Saturday. His would be contestant Leon Ssenyange pulled out of the race on the eve of the elections sighting lack of transparency.

"It is a new chapter and we need to work together to uplift the association. Let us see how we benefit from each other and also promote the spirit of togetherness," Sabiti said before promising "We are going to work harder to see that we develop sports journalism and professional, considering ethics and also team work. This is what we need to advance if sports journalism is developed."

Patrick Kanyomozi was also re-elected as the general secretary after beating John Were in a tight contest that saw him garner 30-27 votes with Francisco Bwambale becomes the new organizing secretary with a 29-28 vote count.

Mubarak Kasule, who is a former organizing secretary, becomes the new treasurer, beating Michael Nsubuga 31-26 in the other contest.

The elective assembly came after an aftermath of deliberations, which saw the assembly suspend Article 14 (II) of the USPA constitution that called for the elections to take place in October so that the day's activities go on.

The article seemed to contradict with others articles and the general assembly, being a supreme body ruled in the suspension favor, locking out a would be proposal to suspend all activities and have an interim committee to run the association as we work on rectifying the association constitution was dismissed.

The assembly comes after a tough election politicking, that leaves the current regime with efforts to heal the wounds caused by the irresponsible talks, that had threatened to tear up the most active and longest journalist association in the country.

"The good thing is that we have realized that they are mistakes in the association and its management and it is good that all the forces are willing to work hard to ensure that they eliminate them," said USPA elder Jim Mugunga at the assembly.

Former presidents were among the many that attended the elective assembly.​

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