Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Former Youth Representative for Central region, Sarah Babirye Kityo has been elected President of the Uganda Netball Federation (UNF).
She beat two other candidates, Joselyn Uchanda and Christine Nampijja during the elective general assembly held at the Lugogo indoor stadium.
Babirye collected 184 votes, while the national team She Cranes manager Joselyn Uchanda came second with 41 votes and Nampijja had only five votes.
The new UNF president said that her major target will be to popularize the game of netball in the whole country. She made it clear that she will work with everyone including those she defeated in order to spread and develop netball.
Babirye takes over the UNF presidency from Suzan Anek who has been at the helm of the netball governing body since 2007 when she was first appointed the interim president for Uganda Netball Federation (UNF) by the National Council of Sports (NCS)
Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson was also elected as Vice President after garnering 175 votes. She beat Annet Kisomose who collected only 54 votes. Byekwaso made it clear that she will be determined to work with the team to move netball from Kampala to other parts of Uganda.
Byekwaso added that their executive will try advocating for the respect netball deserves pointing out the low budget allocated to it compared to football. She said because Uganda’s ranking in netball in the world and Africa is high, the sport deserves more support.
Shadia Nakamanya who represented the National Council of Sports (NCS), the body that runs sports in the country congratulated the newly elected executive and also thanked the outgoing executive for the good work.
Richard Muhumuza was voted Vice president technical, while Amina Mande was voted to be the new general secretary, and Harriet Apolot as the assistant general secretary. The position of treasurer was won by Aida Nambusi, and Yahaya Sengabi for the position of publicity secretary. The regional representatives include; Richard Ojuku, Ronald Mudhasi, Rosette Kaala, Bashir Kwereberera, Kibira Robert and Rosemary Nkiinzi.
Netball remains one of the best performing sporting disciplines for Uganda when they compete in with other teams at International competitions.