Close contest as UCA go to polls

Mukesh Shukla’s 11th hour inclusion onto the coveted list of candidates to take-over as chairman of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has had tongues wagging in the fraternity.

An earlier deadline of February 10 had ruled out the former vice chairman but after his club Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) ‘nominated’ him, the businessman took advantage of the ‘non-binding deadline’ ahead of the elective assembly due tomorrow at Kati Kati Restaurant, Lugogo.

Shukla’s late entry raised the number of contestants to the top job to three with Nile’s Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira and Tornado’s Paul Luswata Nsibuuka already in the fray whereas Eric Kamara (Wanderers) and incumbent Jeremy Kibuukamusoke (Tornado Bee) are vying for UCA secretary.

After complying with the National Council of Sports (NCS) sports regulations of 2014, UCA CEO Justine Ligyalingi revealed that other posts have been quashed and the mandate will be with the new chairman to appoint working committee heads including but not restricted to Finance, Disciplinary, Marketing and Games.

Outgoing chairman Richard Mwami, despite being eligible for another term, says he will not be standing pushing each camp to seize the occasion. 
“It is about bringing fundamental change and not just a change of guards,” said Shukla, also the vice chairman of NRM Entrepreneurs League in Kampala Central.

“There is also a basic area of concern which is financial transparency. We also have one ground and yet we should be with five from the strategic planning I did as vice chairman in 2009 under Dr Kato Sebbaale.”

But for Alvin Bagaya, who is from Ansasira’s camp, it is about giving the power of elections back to the people. “Many things have happened the wrong way lately,” said Bagaya.

“But if Badu is elected then it will be all systems go again. His plan is not out this world and if you have read his manifesto, it is very practical. His passion for the game is also unrivalled and the electorate seems to favour our candidate.”

Robert Kisubi, who is the campaigning manager of Nsibuuka, however believes many of the younger guys are rushing to takeover and advises that they should wait for their time.

“Our club always votes for the best candidate who is by a coincidence a Tornado this year,” said Kisubi. 
“He understands the game well, captained Uganda and is from a cricketing family of the Luswatas. From his world as a banker to financial consultant, Nsibuuka’s corporate governance will be key. He is his own man, the ambassador our game needs.”

Candidates for chairman
Ansasira ‘Badu’ Bashir - Nile CC, 
Paul Luswata Nsibuuka – Tornaddo
Mukesh Shukla – KICC

Candidates for secretary
Eric Kamara – Wanderers
Jeremy Kibuukamusoke – Tornado Bee
* Each of the 8 voting clubs will have a board member

By Innocent Ndawula

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Mrs. Mary Nanderenga Makumbi Sweeps UCA Polls

  • The former Uganda National team player was voted into office unopposed
  • All Member Cricket Clubs were well represented
  • Outgoing Candidate thanked members for support and wishes the incoming a successful term

Mary Nanderenga Makumbi spotting a black and white dress and looking every bit a ladies representative to the Uganda Cricket Association board was unopposed at the polls held at the Uganda Olympics Committee hostel at Lugogo on 10th February 2017.

Women’s cricket that was for long playing a back ground role to the men’s game that was regarded with greater favour and approval by the general public has now come to the fore with their having a say at the board that runs cricket affairs in Uganda and Nanderenga will be the force that binds their hopes and dreams into a solid course of action through 2017-2018.

In a game which still refers to women at the awards as best batsman the words of Thomas Bach the IOC president in 2015 ring true “Gender equality cannot be achieved by women alone. To achieve real change, a genuine team effort is needed. Gender equality can only be achieved if men and boys take full responsibility, working side by side with women and girls, to redress the dynamics that hinder progress.”;  and that was the case at the IOC hostel as the men’s representatives turned out in droves with a very significant presence in Mr. William Kibuukamusoke of Tornado Bees Cricket Club.

Nanderenga will do well to learn from Mr. Kibuukamusoke – one of the strongest promoters of the local women’s game- together with  Mr. Sam Walusimbi her former coach and manager both  pillars of the game in Ugandan cricket who understand more than many about the function and use with the least amount of waste and most economy.

Resources will not be abundant as this the case in Ugandan sport but how she chooses to manage alliances and what is available in terms of negotiation and maneuvering through the lean times will ensure a solid performance in office; and if anyone goes by the sturdy attitude and ability to rise from the adversity of a bad innings for her teams in her earlier playing days, her irrepressible attitude to matters should hold her in good standing to deliver.

Quick glimpse at the manifersto;

  • Development; Work with Schools development Programme blueprint in place to aggressively revive the game
  • Capacity Building; management/coaching training for senior ladies as well as younger upcoming players with the resources available
  • Regional competitions; more games and match time for the girls that have shown promise from schools cricket week qualification and the schools cricket week to improve game situation awareness which she hopes will reflect in the national team performances.
  • Revival of Under 19 events; work with regional national cricket authorities like Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania with the support of sponsors to have more international or regional cricket for the upcoming talent
  • Togetherness; prioritise bridging the gap between the senior women players and the girls developing through the development programme
  • Seperation of duties; Involve school teachers to be appointed as managers of national sides so they can use their erxpertise and skills in planning and child development to prevent intrigue and dissent in the teams

Who is Mary Nanderenga in Uganda cricket?

Missy as she is fondly known in the local cricketing circles as a player was born in 1984 on August 7th, she was a product of the schools development programme through Kololo S.S which was the postliminary for her excellence at Under 19 and senior women’s level of cricket.  Under the guidance of celebrated coach Sam Walusimbi at Wanderers Women’s Cricket Club, Mary built a gleaming art of wicket keeping and gritty cool headed batting.

She was part of the touring Ugandan side at the East African Women’s Championship achieving her highest score 24(37) against Rwanda at the Ngara Sports Club ground, a patient 10(36) to guide the side home against Kenya in the first clash of the round robin tournament at Esatleigh High School to win by 5 wickets but memorably a crucial 12(55) in a low scoring tie against old rivals Kenya in the final of the championship on 20th December 2008 at the Ruaraka Sports Club ground which Uganda won by 9 runs.

Mary was part of the Africa Championship winning national side of January 2011 taking two crucial catches against old rivals Kenya though she struggled through the tournament with and injury to a finger.

PREPARED BY: Alvin Bagaya

Chief Writer for UgCricket.com

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