Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) voted Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasira and Eric Kamara into office as chairman and secretary respectively for the next two years.

KICC ‘thrown out’
The Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) board and management backed different officials as delegates to represent them in the assembly forcing outgoing chairman Richard Mwami to allow the club time outside the meeting room to sort the differences. Mukesh Shukla, also a candidate for chairmanship, and Hanumant Katkar returned as delegates after reaching a compromise to back Badu.

Shukla received no vote and his celebration for Badu’s victory was muted while Hanumant did little to hide his joy. Daily Monitor also understands that both parties reached an agreement that ‘busy’ Mukesh will be replaced by Hanumant on the board.

Mwami v Kibuukamusoke
The AGM was a battle of wits with no one willing to be bulldozed into accepting arguments for the sake of it.

Former chairman Eng. William Kibuukamusoke took a no-holds-barred approach in his arguments. When it was established that one can appoint candidates on the floor of the assembly, Kibuukamusoke asked Mwami to ‘apologise for the wrong information’ in a statement sent out by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justine Ligyalingi informing members about a deadline to the process. Mwami said he cannot be coerced into such actions and promised to send his ‘bestman’ out of the assembly if he remained ‘unruly’. Kibuukamusoke, who later watched his son Jeremy lose the secretary post to Kamara, was of course having none of it.

There was also another family affair scenario when trustee Steven Lugemwa Luswata declined to be part of the returning officers after National Council of Sports (NCS) sent apologies. Luswata, brother to chairmanship candidate Paul Nsibuka Luswata asked the other trustees to direct traffic during the election without his interference citing conflict of interest.

More funds coming
After increasing their ranking under the ICC Development Scorecard and High Performance, mostly through competitions for men, women and junior teams, UCA will receive a higher portion of the ICC Development Funds from $602, 500 (about Shs2.1b) last year to $647,500 (over Shs2.2B) in 2017. However, the association, which revamped contracts for national team players, continues to clear National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) debts accumulated over the past years. They are also financing a loan, which has significantly reduced from $98,945 (about Shs355m) to $48,967 (Shs175m), used to purchase land in Kawuku for a new home of UCA.

Auditor shown exit
The auditor, George Ndiko from GN & Associates, did not have to provide a detailed analysis of each and every penny UCA has used in the past year – his job was just to give an opinion about UCA’s books of accounts – but that did not deter members from asking about assets and the gigantic variations in receivables and surplus from 2015 and 2016. Trustee Luswata asked Ndiko not to be too defensive in his explanations. “Just provide answers. Don’t be too agitated and defensive. These guys (UCA) pay you too little and it doesn’t even come on time sometimes,” advised Luswata as he sent the full assembly into laughter. The Assembly later instructed the incoming executive to appoint new auditors.

Laboured explanations
The dossier of terminologies like “parachute payments” left the assembly uninterested but the contradiction of the lawyers, who were on rough count more than four, provided entertainment, too.One such moment was when Dunstan Kamunvi Nsubuga, who is also the Uganda Hockey Association (UHA) president, said it was premature for Mwami to discuss how to deal with a tie in the elections before voting while Fred Mpanga told the outgoing chairman to stick to the constitution.

The lawyers also unnecessarily debated for long, using many courtroom jargons that were hard to be comprehended by the layman, on KICC’s delegates and whether it was right for the assembly to take a decision on Tornado given conflict resolution mechanisms in the constitution.