Sport
Uganda Athletics Federation on trial
Publish Date: Jan 20, 2014
Uganda Athletics Federation on trial
Julius Achon
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama

Saturday:
UAF elections

National Council of Sports has told the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) to look outside the sports fraternity for a returning officer for their upcoming elections.

This follows petitions against the electoral process that is supposed to pave way for election of the federation’s new leadership on Saturday.

The petitioners led by former national athlete Julius Achon not only question returning officer William Blick’s neutrality, but also the fairness of the process bringing forth delegates.

“We met UAF’s executive on Thursday and advised them to get an alternative returning offi cer preferably from outside sports circles. If this is not done, we shall intervene,” revealed National Council of Sports chairman Bosco Onyik.

Citing boxing which got the services of Uganda Law Society president Ruth Sebatindira to end years of wrangling, Onyik said it was only proper that UAF also looked outside sports.

“Since Blick is elected by the same UAF executive members, sections in the athletics fraternity see a confl ict of interest,” noted Onyik.

Achon has accused UAF of locking out delegates critical of the Domenic Otucet led federation. He has together with 12 districts petitioned NCS.

Achon has also through his lawyers Ntende, Owor and Company Advocates also warned that if corrective measures are not taken, he will seek justice in the courts of law. His lawyers note that the electoral college may not be fully constituted.

 “Some districts deemed to be of doubtful allegiance to the current holders of the office have not received invitations and delegates’ forms. This is a form of deliberate disenfranchisement,” reads the lawyers’ letter in part.

 The petitioners want proper elections that clearly define how delegates are elected from district level.

“This process should have been supervised by an independent returning officer but instead all electoral processes are being handled by the office of UAF’s Organizing Secretary. In this case, how free and fair will the election be?”

“Most of the delegates are Kampala based yet representing upcountry constituencies.”

But Otucet maintains that those complaining are; “Either not paid up or have not fulfilled the other requirement of participating in at least two UAF activities in a season.”


RELATED

Achon petitions NCS over UAF polls

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Netball: She Cranes on the brink of World Cup place
Uganda She Cranes only need to tame Swaziland and Namibia to guarantee qualification to the World Championship in Australia next year....
Rugby Union isn
Uganda Rugby Union is in no rush to name a coach for the U-19 girls’ rugby team that travels to Kenya next week for the Kenya Safaricom 7s tournament....
Unclaimed Cranes car will be lost if not claimed by Tuesday
FUFA has given the winner of their Toyota Nadia car that was used to promote the Uganda Cranes versus Guinea 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers encounter up to Tuesday evening to claim it or lose the opportunity to another winner....
Bakabulindi urges sports bodies to comply to NCS regulation
State minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi has urged sports federations to deviate from petitions and delaying tactics but comply with the National Council of Sports (NCS) regulations....
Rugby coach Kasasa summons three youngsters
Coach Yayiro Kasasa has added steam to the team preparing for the annual Safaricom 7s rugby tournament scheduled for September 27-28 in Kenya by summoning three youngsters....
Cranes players to fight teenage pregnancies
Uganda cranes together with the Ministry of Health have embarked on a campaign to create awareness about the dangers of teenage pregnancies among girls....
Will early retirement solve Uganda’s unemployment problem?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter