Not often do matters about sports journalists grab attention but Saturday’s elective assembly of the Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) ushered in a new executive to take the body forward, writes John Vianney Nsimbe.
New Vision’s Sabiiti Muwanga is the new Uspa president after defeating Leone Ssenyange on Saturday in Kampala. Patrick Kanyomozi is the new general secretary while Robert Magembe (treasurer) and Mubarak Kasule (organizing secretary) retained their respective positions.
Uspa is an influential organization in Ugandan sport and has been at the forefront in promotion of sports through media coverage as well as aocating for transparency of sports bodies in Uganda. Each year, the body organizes the Uspa gala where outstanding sports personalities are recognized and awarded for their efforts.
Shortly after receiving the instruments of power from Mark Namanya, his predecessor, Muwanga pledged to take the association to new heights.
“This victory isn’t mine. But for all the members of Uspa those that voted me or not. My main objective will be to grow the association in regards to the way we do our work. But to do that, I will need everyone without any divisions,” he said at Cardinal Wamala hall at Christ the King Platinum building.
For a while now, Uspa has grappled with several challenges. Besides conflict of interest, where some members hold allegiances to clubs and sports bodies, the quality of reporting by some of its members is questionable and in recent years, there have been some inside divisions, premised largely on having different views.
Like his predecessors, Muwanga faces even a stiff challenge of ensuring that Uspa has power to set forth an agenda to positively shape Ugandan sport. Muwanga acknowledged the hurdles ahead and promised to correct the wrongs: “We are going to look into these matters seriously as a family so that lasting solutions to them are found once and for all. But that will need every member participating.”
Source : The Observer