By Joyce Bukirwa Kabanda–
(Uganda Cycling-media affairs)………..
The Uganda cycling association is celebrating the re-election of Sam Muwonge Mahaba as President. This was done during the association’s annual general meeting on Saturday 20th February 2021 in Lugogo. Muwonge, who was re-elected for a third term, will be President for another four years.
This was after Muwonge beat off the challenge of Matthias Jjemba from the Kyamuliibwa cycling club., after he withdrew from the Presidential race. As such, Muwonge ran unopposed. Muwonge is from Kayenta cycling club. In his acceptance speech, Muwonge, who was clearly delighted to have been entrusted with another term in office said that he would continue working tirelessly to see that cycling in Uganda thrives.
Muwonge promised that he would endeavour to organize as many competitions for local riders, so that they improve in their trade. However, according to the constitution, Muwonge appointed thirteen direct members to the excecutive committee he will be working with.
These included: John Sseninde (vice president technical), Yusuf Mbaziira (general secretary), Juliet Namatovu (assistant secretary), James Mugisha (treasurer), Moses Mubiru (competition secretary)
Dennis Ssembatya jr (publicity secretary), Janat Mahaba (secretary for women affairs) and Richard Twahirwe (welfare and disciplines). Meanwhile, Judith Katusabe, Mariam Ayebale, Patrick Kyassa, Steven Nyatibo are committee members and Joyce Bukirwa Kabanda will be in charge of media affairs.
That said, Muwonge urged government to assist the association in acquiring enough
cycling equipment, which is very expensive. Also, three clubs were officially inducted as new members of the association: Joy for children, Ultimate cycling Uganda and One more child, making a total of 38 registered clubs under the cycling body. The new executive is expected to hold its first meeting on Wednesday this week.