The Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Jessica Alupo has revealed that the new National Council of Sports Regulation under the NCS Sports Act is now operational thus national sports associations must comply with it.

Daily Monitor reported that on Wednesday, the minister had assented to the statutory instrument that barred all national sports associations from becoming limited companies and announced six months for all the bodies to register with the NCS.

Though gazetting of the instrument was expected in 30 days, Daily Monitor further reveals that the Act is fully operational after it was gazetted by the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) in Entebbe on Friday April 5.

Kawowo Sports was yet to land on the gazetted instrument but according to Sunday Monitor which claims to have a copy, the new National Council of Sports Regulations for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, outlaws national federations from incorporating as limited companies and bars members or officers of NCS from promoting the incorporation or registration of a national association.

This is expected to hit hard on some officials like Jasper Aligawesa who doubles as the NCS General Secretary and also a guarantor of the contested Fufa Ltd.

The registration of Fufa and Fufa Ltd has been an area of contention for some time now after the former Education and Sports Minister Namirembe Bitamazire banned the FA in 2004 for not being legally constituted under the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act on 1964.

According to the new act, Fufa Ltd, which the Mengo body say is not another federation but their business arm, is operating illegally today and in using “Uganda” in their acronym, they are breaking the new regulations.

The Act asks all existing national sports associations to apply afresh to the NCS for registration within six months from commencement of these regulations but trouble is Fufa and Fufa Ltd were ruled to be two different organizations in the Attorney and Solicitor Generals’ interpretations.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ACT ACCORDING TO SUNDAY MONITOR

Incorporation and registration of national sports associations

• NCS shall not register a national association which is incorporated as a company

• The council shall not register more than one national sports association for one sport

• A sports association which is not recognised by the council shall not use or refer to itself using “Uganda.”

Governance of national associations

• For one to hold an executive office they must have participated in sports at school, district, regional, national or international level; or have been involved in administration/management of sport at a level recognised by the council

•A member of the council (NCS) or an officer shall not promote the incorporation or registration of a national association

Funding

•The council or ministry responsible for sports shall not fund or support an association not recognized by the council

• Every national association shall submit to the council annually a statement of all sources of funding, including donations and grants

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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