KAMPALA – The incoming State Minister for Sports, Denis Obua has called on sports federations in the country to clean up their houses saying he won’t entertain bickering at the expense growth of Uganda’s sports sector.
Obua made the warning on Friday, January 3 while addressing journalists after his session with MPs on the Parliamentary Appoints Committee where he had appeared for vetting ahead of his confirmation.
He said, “Wrong conflict within the federation, wrong conflict and sibling rivalry within office bearers must come to an end. As a Minister, I am in charge of policy not conflicts, all these games and roles have and responsibilities that are written, stick to your role, let me stick to yours and we deliver Ugandan sports. I want to appeal to them that I come in in good faith with clean hands but we must start by ensuring that our respective houses in terms of federations are put in order.”
Obua who is also the Ajuri County MP outlined some of the things he will embark upon taking office which includes advocating for increased funding to different sports disciplines as his priority.
He said, “All disciplines are a priority but in my opinion as a minister should be based on results. The little resources we have to first deliver for the country. We need to lobby and advocate for more funding of respective federations such that we can groom and nurture talents
Obua who is taking over the docket from Charles Bakabulindi comes in at the time Uganda FUFA President Moses Magogo has just returned from one-month suspension from all football-related activity for two months and fined $10,000 by Fifa for his role in the resale of World Cup tickets. The Fufa president was sanctioned by Fifa for reselling tickets relating to the 2014 World Cup
Meanwhile, for her part, the Mityana woman MP who was appointed minister of information, ICT and communication declined to unveil her plans for the ministry saying she will have to wait until she is confirmed for the post.
Vetting is still underway at parliament for the nine new appointed ministers who include; Jackson Kafuuzi Deputy Attorney General, Molly Kamukama State for Economic Monitoring, Robinah Nabbanja Minister of State for General Duties Ministry of Health, Peter Ogwang State For Information and ICT, Beatrice Anywar State Minister for Environment and Hellen Adoa State For Fisheries.
The 26 member Appointments Committee is chaired by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Deputised by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and other MPs include; Arinaitwe Rwakajara Workers’ Representative, Balyeku Moses Grace (Jinja Municipality West), Buturo Nsamba (Bufumbira East), Agaba Abbas Mugisha (Kitagwenda County), Anifa Kawooya (Sembabule District), Nambeshe John Baptist 9Manjiya County), Nsamba Oshabe Patrick (Kassanda County North) Kasibante Moses (Rubaga Division North), Naggayi Nabilah Sempala (Kampala)