13 February 2011

Uganda: UOC Has the Opportunity to Embark On a Fresh Start

Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) delegates convened in Kampala on Saturday for the body's annual general assembly.

But it was not the usual gathering the domestic sports fraternity has been accustomed to over the long existence of the organisation.

For the first time, delegates banned a committee member. Treasurer Andrew Omala was voted out of office and banned from Olympic activities for presenting an unsatisfatory financial report.

Vice presidents Abbey Mubiru and William Tumwine quit shortly after they were suspended to give way for a fresh probe into the alleged mismanagement of Uganda's team at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year.

Saturday's meeting invoked the UOC constitution to act on the three offcials.

The delegates will reconvene after 60 days when the assembly will receive audited accounts and a new probe committee report.

The meeting observed that Geoffrey Kihuguru's probe report didn't exhaustively address its terms of reference.

UOC has a fresh chance to put to rest the alleged flaws before and during the New Delhi show to save its credibility.

Management of Uganda's teams at major international events has largely been a thorny issue.

We have the All Africa Games later this year and the 2012 Olympic Games.

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