Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) is set to elect a new president in the polls set for November 22 during the annual general meeting at Christ the King Platinum hall, Nakasero.
Three candidates namely Mark Ssali, Leon Ssenyange and Sabiiti Muwanga, will contest for the top post to replace Mark Namanya, who has served the constitutional two-term limit in office. Ssenyange, who contested and lost to Namanya in 2010, promises to consolidate and build on the gains achieved by the outgoing executive.
He also plans to improve on organization of Uspa’s sportsman of the month awards, the road safety campaign, ethics and standards, reviving sports journalism excellence, and enhancing the Uspa brand, among others. Furthermore, the former NTV sports bar host wants to extend Uspa membership beyond Kampala for the upcountry sports journalists’ and also encourage more female scribes to join the body.
He notes that nearly 90 per cent of Uspa’s current membership is male. Ssali and Muwanga, both seasoned writers and editors, are yet to disclose their manifestos. In the other elective posts, New Vision’s Johnson Were and KFM’s Patrick Kanyomozi will face off for general secretary while Mubarak Kasule is the only known candidate so far for vying to become organising secretary.
UBC’s Robert Magembe is expected to retain the treasurer’s post unopposed.
Source : The Observer