KAMPALA-Today’s Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) elective assembly at Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) - Lugogo sees the camps of incumbent Dr Donald Rukare and Tefiro Serunjogi face off.

These are the major issues that whichever individuals will be in office after today, must seek to address.
Alternative funding
Over the past 14 years, Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) has received only Shs5m – which came after the Cana Zone III Championship last year – from government.

Clubs, in a bid to be in good standing ahead of these elections, also paid arrears totaling to Shs11m. Most of the funding comes from parents or executive members but this model is not sustainable.

USF need strategic partnerships that go beyond the in-kind sponsorship they receive from corporate companies.

Swimming facilities
All pools in Uganda are privately owned while one that was supposed to be housed at Mandela National Stadium – Namboole, never made it beyond artistic impressions.

Despite promises of land from Wankulukuku Stadium and former USF head Maggie Kigozi, USF have been limited by the lack of a financier for a project to construct their own pool.

For now they could do with a statutory instrument that guides their cooperation with hotel or school investors and authorities like KCCA to construct pools that enhance aquatic sports.

Widening talent pool
Serunjogi’s camp has championed their technical support to the Bika Gala as ‘proof’ they can take swimming beyond its current spheres even though participants came from already established swimming clubs and schools. Taking the sport beyond Kampala, Jinja and Wakiso requires construction of pools where the bulk of currently trained coaches can be deployed. USF must convince or find investors willing to gamble on this.

Technical aspects
The challenge here, especially for the vice president technical, is to harmonize goals of different clubs with those of the national federation. And to monitor athletes’ growth in line with recently released national records and other world or continental records.

Involve parents
With 15 clubs and over 40 schools from just one club in 2013, it is the duty of the federation through capacity building to groom more coaches, officials and administrators from within. Parents should equally be willing to take on sports management courses to supplement on the money and time they invest.

Dr Rukare
Though the Seals’ camp took on a polarising campaign against Dr Rukare and his general secretary Moses Mwase – who double as trustees for the federation, the incumbent should use his international profile to lobby for support.

CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION
President
Dr Donald Rukare
Tefiro Serunjogi
Vice President Administration
Peter Mugisha
Irene Mudanye
General Secretary
Moses B. Mwase
Rachael Kituuka
Asst. Gen. Secretary
Albert S. Wasswa
Virginia Ssemakula
Asst. Treasurer
Annet Mwebeiha
Allen Nagawa
Committee Members; Nana Nakiddu, Lillian Mugisha, William Buyondo, Steven Katumba, Erick Kisero, Andrew Gita, Henry Musoke, Lillian Nakijoba, Grace Kigundu
Unopposed
Vice President Technical:
Muzafaru Muwanguzi
Treasurer:
Florence Nakakawa
Returning Officer: Ruth Ssebatindira

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