Uganda Volleyball Federation goes to polls this Sunday at the UOC offices.
But this is no ordinary election. The incumbent Sadik Nasiwu who has been at the helm of Volleyball governing body was forced by a rebel group led by Warren Muhangi and Joseph Ssempira not to seek re-election. Sadik however claims he had promised to only run for two terms.
Now that the former KAVC player will be recorded in the annals as one of the former presidents of UVF after serving for eight years, Sunday’s poll promises to be a fiercely contested duel.
The election pits two members of Sadik’s Administration Hadija Namanda, 2nd Vice president and Joseph Odong the treasurer are on each other’s neck to replace Nasiwu. There is a third ‘unexpected’ candidate- Eddie Okila, a jack-of-all-trades.
Eddie Okila a man with a chaotic background completes the puzzle. He’s grabbed every ounce of attention around the volleyball fraternity. Okila is a fitness consultant at Paradise Fitness centre in Acacia Mall.
On a live TV debate Game on Extra on Urban TV Okila was not clear on what he does for a living. “I am a marketer, volleyball Administrator and a television broadcaster’, he then revealed.
But extensive research indicates that having been banned from Volleyball by then Volleyball President Omongole (RIP) where he served as technical Director, Okila has dipped his hands at any money minting venture in town.
The hustler in him served him a handshake with then Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. He had secured a license to host the first Beach Volleyball tour in Kampala; an event whose cancellation forced Okila to hide from the fraternity for 4 years. Prior to that, he had contested for the volleyball presidency in 2013 but lost miserably to incumbent Sadik Nasiwu.
Okila boasted of being the most qualified volleyball marketer having secured a deal with Sabmiller and goodsexpress.com an online market place for former League champions Nemo Stars. The Nemo Stars deals is believed to have been Sh15 million but Nemo Stars does not confirm or deny receipt of all the money.
Okila is being fronted by his long term friend Hassan Sekajoloo who is also vying for the General Secretary position.
Hadijja Namanda had the biggest CV on air; she works with Electoral commission under the mentorship of Kiggundu. She provides the gender options for delegates. But she is not so popular amongst her peers. As an international referee, she has not officiated any single game in Uganda as stated by Eddie Okila. She has also been idle has 2nd vice president since her knowledge of primary school volleyball is to shallow to sustain a debate.
‘I made up my mind to contest 4 years ago and I have been studying and researching on how to grow the game of Volleyball in Uganda”. Namanda said on the live TV show. If manifesto is what to go by, then Namanda has the best manifesto of the 3 candidates.
Little is known about Joseph Odong who works in National Water and Sewerage Corporation. Okila faulted Odong of poor planning and accountability for the past 8 years. There were cries of no balls at volleyball games, referees being poorly paid and yet Odong secured sponsorship from NSSF to take care of equipment.
Odong boasted of organizing international Volleyball events in Uganda for the last 4 years.
“I am a team player and love to work with people, that is why as head of the various organizing committees that hosted 4 international events in Uganda, we shot above the expectations of CAVB despite having meagre resources” Odong said.
The election will take place tomorrow on 8th January 2017 with over 70 affiliates expected to earn voting rights.