THE appointment of the Uganda cricketâ€™s first Chief Executive Officer is being hailed by the bodyâ€™s officials as a move that will help improve the administration of the local game.
Mpeka Muhumuza beat a list of 24 applicants to the post of cricket CEO, which was set up at the behest of the sportâ€™s world governing body ICC.
It was a prerequiste before the international body could release funds or allow Uganda to participate in the Intercontinental Shield.
All ICC associate members are required to have a CEO and Uganda became one following its 10th place finish in Aprilâ€™s World Cup Qualifier in South Africa.
Muhumuza, who takes office on August 1, will assume the daily directorship of local cricket. The UCA executive will then take up a less active but supreme advisory role.
â€œAll administrators, accountants will report to him (Muhumuza),â€ said administrative officer Martin Ondenko.
â€œHe is basically going to run Uganda cricket.â€
Ondeko welcomed the appointment saying: â€œI think it is good because we needed someone who would think full time for the game, then report to the executive.
â€œThat is the structure in all companies; you have the administrators under a CEO, who reports to the executive or board.â€
Though requested by the ICC, the CEO creation will go down as another milestone under UCA chairman Dr. Kato Ssebbaaleâ€™s reign. Mpeka will earn sh2.5m monthly.
He was treasurer of Nile Cricket Club in the 90â€™s and a lecturer at Makerere University. He retired from Uganda Revenue Authority as Information Technology and Corporate Services Commissioner.
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