The Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) elections that were due to take place were halted after the Nakawa chief magistrates court issued an interim order stopping them.
A faction of boxing stake holders had requested National Council of Sports (NCS) to call off Saturday’s Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) elections.
The 45-man strong group which includes Sam Rukundo, David Kyambadde, Vicky Byarugaba and others made the appeal and resolutions to NCS in a meeting held at Lugogo on Monday evening.
“We don’t want to return to the circus of 2010. We request NCS to call off these elections so that we first solve the leadership issue without any bias,” Rukundo stated.
The members appointed a 5-man committee chaired by Hajji Ahmed Mbidde with others including Muhammed Ssebuguzi, Recobowamu Ssebikkejje, Shamirah and Zimula Nkoyoyo to meet NCS, UOC and the State Minister of Sport to forge a way forward for boxing.
In 2010, infighting led to a ban by AIBA till a normalisation committee guided by UOC laid a roadmap to the elections that brought the current executive in office.
Now, According to the court order issued by Jamson Karemani, UBF failed to comply with article 37 (2) of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Article37 (2) states:
“No national federations election shall be recognised by AIBA unless the following information is sent to the headquarters at least one month before the proposed date of the elections”
The petition stopping the election was lodged by Robert Matovu who had indicated that he will run for UBF’s vice presidency.
However, he was eliminated on the grounds that he had not submitted some documents like the certificate of good conduct from Interpol.
“I came in contact with some documents from AIBA warning Uganda Boxing Federation not go on with the election process and in that way I grabbed the opportunity to stop the process to save the game of boxing from being banned from Uganda,” Matovu said.
The Court order means that no elections shall be held until the main application is heard on November 15.
Richard Lwanga, the returning officer, confirmed receipt of the order saying that Robert Matovu, the complainant, sought court’s intervention on grounds that the election process did not fulfil certain procedures, hence the injunction.
“A court order is a court order, I can’t conduct the elections now until there’s another order that cancels this one,” Lwanga said.
With several other candidates knocked out for related reasons, the main bout was expected between incumbent Kenneth Gimugu against newcomer Moses Muhangi, who has a huge backing for the presidency. Gimugu assumed office in September 2013, during a cessation of administrative wrangles.