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By Vision Reporter

Added 12th December 2005 03:00 AM

THE FUFA presidential race took an unexpected turn yesterday with Christopher Rwanika stepping down.

THE FUFA presidential race took an unexpected turn yesterday with Christopher Rwanika stepping down.

By James Bakama, William Muwonge and Norman Katende

THE FUFA presidential race took an unexpected turn yesterday with Christopher Rwanika stepping down.

Lawrence Mulindwa (right) is now unopposed for Ugandan football’s top job. His only task in the federation’s assembly on Saturday, will be to name his executive.

“I have stepped down as presidential candidate to allow my hitherto opponent to go through unchallenged. Thus Lawrence Mulindwa should be declared FUFA president,” said Rwanika in a letter to the returning officer.

Rwanika, who had three days earlier warned Mulindwa to be ready for a shock, said his new stand was an independent one for the good of the game.

“Mulindwa’s being unopposed means that there will be nobody going to the bush. There can be no better ground to bring back normalcy in our football,” said the veteran civil servant.

Rwanika told a press conference at Bamboo Nest bar and restaurant in Bugolobi that reconciliation was the way forward.

The former FUFA secretary said he had accordingly informed Nakawa and the players association, who nominated and seconded his presidency. “They weren’t happy but I have made up my mind.”

Mulindwa was busy campaigning in western Uganda and could not be got for a comment.

Meanwhile, the FUFA polls returning officer Patrick Okanya has confirmed that the new soccer boss will name his executive minutes after being elected on Saturday.

Okanya said at a press briefing at FUFA House in Mengo that the new president will name his six vice presidents and region representatives.

The six vice-president’s posts to be filled are administration, technical, competition, women affairs, youth development and finance, marketing and sponsorship.

“He is going to choose from the entire assembly six vice-presidents and then five names on standby to replace any vice-president who does not perform.”

The assembly is set for Didi’s world at Kansanga.

The assembly will have 119 delegates, 2 less than the actual figure. The short-fall was a result of the failure by Mubende and Lira districts to carry out fresh elections to get a second delegate each.

Each of the two districts had one of their delegates thrown out for not being legally elected.

Mubende’s delegate is Stanley Kinene after Edward Lwanga was thrown out while Lira has Patrick Egwel after Rev Otto Olima failed the grade. Okanya said delegates who withdraw before the assembly will not be replaced.

The assembly will mark the end of a roadmap to return normalcy to Ugandan football set by the world ruling body FIFA.

The roadmap was launched after government suspended the Denis Obua led FUFA executive in February for abuse of office.

Okanya said that the president will also be expected to nominate a Chief Executive Officer, who will sign a five-year contract with the federation and whose salary will be paid by FIFA. The name will then be recommended to the full executive for vetting.

“Putting in place an executive after the polls will mark an end to the process,” Okanya said.


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