Mathias Lukwago smiles

Uganda Cycling Federation Election:

  • Mathias Lukwago voted as President with majority votes against Phily Ngobi
  • Fred Maiso unopposed as Vice President
  • 5 man Board member elected
  • Exercise was heavily guarded
  • Over 10 cycling clubs graced the elections (Tropic Heat, Trans Africa, Agro Map, Kakiri, Select Club from Kalewere, Luwero Cycling Club, Masaka, Super Sport, Iganga, Busoga Cycling Club (Jinja), Uganda Mountain Bike, Kirinya)
Group photo of the elected executive committee members on the Uganda Cycling Federation with some of the delegates

Mathias Lukwago will steer the Uganda Cycling ‘Federation’ for a 4-year-tenure after being voted during an Elective Assembly at the Lugogo Tennis Courts premises in Kampala on Sunday.

By 10 a.m, all the delegates from over 10 cycling clubs across the country had gathered and settled ready to embark on the voting exercise.

Lukwago beat his challenger Phily Ngobi 12-1 during a heavy guarded electoral process, well attended by cycling delegates and the media.

The federation is a breakaway faction from the association headed by Sam ‘Mahaba’ Muwonge, who was voted into office a fortnight ago.

Some of the delegates at the Uganda Cycling Federation election held at Lugogo Tennis Courts
Mathias Lukwago votes during the Uganda Cycling Federation elective assembly at Lugogo Tennis Courts

Although no official from the National Council of Sports nor the Uganda Olympic Committee graced the elections at Lugogo, the faction still maintains they are the bonafide group.

Lukwago assured the congress that his primary role as the president of the federation is to ensure sanity, hold regular competitions and clear to zero the debts owed by the association to the International Cycling body.

I expect challenges definitely but I am not here to fight.

I am here to forge unity among all cycling clubs in Uganda and cyclists with perfect team.

There is urgent need to settle all the outstanding debts owed to our parent body, ensure we have regular competitions and attract new partners and sponsors on board.

The vice president Fred Maiso was elected into office unopposed.

There are five board members who were elected by the delegates.

Hajji Bruhan Ssekibenge, John Batista Mukawa, Pastor David Ssebuffu and Adrian Kizito were voted.

Charles Ntale failed in his bid as a board member.

Jinja’s Muhammed Dolly displays a cycling event poster to the delegates

The fifth board member, Muhammed Dolly from Jinja was agreed upon by the delegates as whole.

The other posts as General Secretary, Publicity Secretary, Treasurer and Welfare Secretary will be filled after the interested members have applied and their credentials vetted accordingly.

Irene Deborah Nannyonjo (left) and Rachael Kampire smile during the election process

The entire electoral process was overseen by former cyclist Byaruhanga, interim executive women representative Rachael Kampire and the federation legal advisor Irene Deborah Nannyonjo.

5th March 2017 was set as the date for the official swearing in ceremony.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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