By Douglas Mazune
CHOKING on an unprecedented six-year ban, four prominent drivers have challenged the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU)’s decision in courts of law.
Nasser Mutebi, Duncan Mubiru, Geoffrey Nsamba and John Burrows Lumu who were handed the ban on July 3 for sabotaging the FMU Sprint, have challenged the ban in court. They argued that the FMU executive which banned them was not properly constituted.
The FMU executive announced the ban a day ahead of the drivers’ scheduled appearance before the Competitions Committee.
The federation secretary Reynolds Kibira confirmed to New Vision that he had received summons to appear before court in November and has since handed over the document to their legal team.
“It is their right to seek justice in court although in the spirit of sportsmanship they should have sought to resolve the matter internally. If they were interested in dialogue we would easily end this matter,” Kibira stated.
FMU olive branch rejected
“We sent several emissaries asking them to communicate to us through their clubs but they did not heed our advised,” Kibira fumed.
Kibira argued that FMU even requested former national champions Charlie Lubega and Moses Lumala to counsel the banned drivers but their effort were fruitless.
Asked what prompted FMU send emissaries to banned drivers, Kibira retorted, “Six years is a long time. Where are they going to keep their expensive cars? A man like Duncan loves the sport so much and there was still room for dialogue.”
FMU is yet to communicate to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to deregister the banned drivers’ tax-free cars. World motorsport governing body, FIA is also yet to be informed about the ban for purposes of informing all national associations to deny them participation.
“We delayed correspondences to URA and FIA but now we might have no choice but to forward them,” Kibiri warned.