Sebatindira advised the supervising Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) to postpone the election to give her more time to further scrutinize the qualifications of the candidates for all UBF posts. Simply put, it was a classic case of the adage ‘old wine in new bottles.’
For instance, Nyakana and Kyambadde, vying for president and general secretary respectively, have been at the centre of the wrangles that sunk Uganda’s boxing to the doldrums for the past five years.
Kyambadde was the main man in Dr Ntege Ssengendo’s group, which challenged the election of Nyakana as president of the (then) UABF executive in 2009. As former secretary general in Dr Ntege’s executive, Kyambadde did all the dirty work and spin that prompted world boxing body (AIBA) to denounce Nyakana as the legally elected president of the amateur sport.
Nyakana, meanwhile, stubbornly frustrated several efforts by stakeholders to resolve the stalemate and over the years, boxers were denied chance to pursue their dreams in the ring as a result of the administrative battles
By calling off the elections, Sebatindira evoked memories of several reconciliation heartbreaks the local boxing fraternity has gone through in the last five years. However, the difference this time is that Sebatindira’s decision is a well-intentioned and informed move to save the sport from drawing back to things such as court battles.
It’s worth noting that under the UBF new constitution, which the assembly unanimously endorsed and adopted last Saturday, executive committee members must have attained some level of formal education and have no criminal record.
Accordingly, candidates who declared interest in posts on the UBF executive had been vetted by the Uganda Olympic Committee before Saturday. Apart from presenting their formal education certificates, they were subjected to an English proficiency test and Interpol check during the vetting process.
However, some of the candidates’ submissions aroused Sebatindira’s suspicion on first sight. Certainly, the boxing fraternity and boxers need such scrutiny and keenness to solve once-and-for-all the administrative mess and pave way for action in the ring.