Returning Nasiwu, Okila challenge Namanda as volleyball go to polls

The Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) will on Sunday go to polls to elect a new executive committee.
Up to 25 candidates head to Lugogo for victory although only eight of them will return as victors.
President, vice president, second vice president, general secretary, assistant general secretary and treasurer are some of the positions up for grabs.
UVF president Hadijja Namanda is up against her predecessor Sadik Nasiwu, while Eddie Okila, will hope to be third time lucky after losing out in 2017 and 2013.
Namanda, a former UVF 2nd Vice President, FIVB International volleyball referee is championing grassroots development once she retains the top seat.
“This will include; Promotion of competition and decentralising trainings, calendars at regional level, promoting all girls’ championships, National Junior Championships and National Championships,” Namanda told the sportsocean website.
“This is to promote competition right from the region to National representation,” she added.
Nasiwu on the other hand is banking on “popular support” on his return having previously held the top job for two four-year terms
“While leaving the Federation 4 years ago, I felt I will never make this turn, but calls in and out volleyball have obliged me.
I am willing to give Volleyball and Beach Volleyball a shot like never before, the support from sports institutions local, regional and internationally I am receiving means, the time is now again!” Nasiwu stated in a Facebook post in December.
Okila the third contestant has meanwhile been critical of both the Nasiwu and Namanda’s regimes and has been calling for rebranding of the sport.
“I want volleyball to change, I have done that at Wakiso District Volleyball Association through the annual Kabaka’s Birthday Volleyball Festival," explained Okila in an interview with
The problem in volleyball is about leadership, when we have people who only try to push their personal agenda, the entity is doomed,” hea added.
Past elections have been marred by incidents where non-paid-up members voted, a situation Okila blames for his failures in the past two elections.
UVF is composed of the founding premier clubs, district associations and schools and institutions and all others affiliated to it thereafter according to Article 2.2.1 of the federation’s constitution.
However, being part of the federation does not guarantee voting right. The members should financially be in good books with the federation by subscribing to all required subscriptions.
 “All that happens is unpaid schools being smuggled in to vote which has been the case since Aisu Omongole’s time in 2008,” Okila told the Daily Monitor newspaper.
List of contestants.

1. Hadija Namanda
2. Eddie Douglas Okila
3. Sadik Zaid Nasiwu

1st Vice President

1. Anthony Ashaba
2. Abdallah Kiggundu
3. Stephen Ardone Waiswa
2nd Vice President.

1. Salma Kairungi Otika
2. Hellen Nakimuli
3. Faridah Nalinya

General Secretary

1.Hassan Lubinga Sekajolo
2. Godwin Nakaana Ssenyondo

Assistant General Secretary

1. Eunice Nuwabigaba
2. Margarete Kiiza

1. Adam Mugisha
2. Philbert Mutabazi
3. Joseph Odong

District Representatives

1. Vincent Ingurat (East\North)
2. Innocent Komakech (East\North)
3. John Bosco Omugen (East\North)
4. Elisha Kamuhimbise (West\South)
5. Joshua Osiya (Central)

Premier Club Representatives

1. Levian Ashaba
2. Keneth Masaba
3. Cissy Musiime
4. Keneth Wakibi

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Published: 01/28/2021