Uganda Premier League 16-time record winners Sports Club Villa have started on a long journey towards improving club ownership structures.
In a press briefing held at Sheraton Hotel’s Rwenzori Ball room on Wednesday morning, the club has announced an official move towards earning community club status.
Since July 2018, Villa has been under an interim committee headed by William Nkemba that came into place after the resignation of then President Ben Misagga.
The Villa Members Trust, from which a Congress will be formed, has been put in place.
Nkemba revealed that the Trust is incorporated under the Trustee Incorporation Act (CAP 165) as a body corporate. The Board of Trustees shall be the custodians of the Villa Members Trust.
The Villa Members Trust Club will see the members pay an inaugural fee of Sh50,000 which will also be the annual membership fee.
This will be launched on October 30 and registration will be go on until December 31, this year.
Nkemba said that the members on the Trust will be eligible to vote for the Club President every after four years and guaranteed a season ticket among other privileges.
The club president who will be accountable to the General Assembly, will then vote his executive.
“All this has received approval from our founding members,” Nkemba said.
“We believe that this will revitalise our greatness. We do hope that it will give impetus to the zeal that our fans have exhibited and will scale s to bigger heights.”
The club has also set up a physical office in Industrial Area Plot 3 Channel close where registration will occur in addition to the online registration.
The Eligibility criteria for any aspiring member for presidency has not been revealed.
Nkemba added: “This move will give us direct engagement with the actual owners of the club (fans), through registration, we shall be able to gather information about them, and have their input.”
The conference was attended by Denis Mbidde Ssebugwawo, founding members Fred Kawuma and Dan Lule while Humphrey Mandu represented FUFA.
How will Sports Club Villa be governed?
Going forward, Sports Club Villa shall be governed through the Club Statutes and by the
1) The Club Congress (120 Persons) that shall be the legislative body of the club composed of paid up Villa Trust Members.
2) The Club Executive Board (11 Persons) that shall be the executive body of the club
composed of paid up Club Congress Members.
3) The Club President (1 Person) that shall be elected every four (4) years by the Villa
Members Trust Members, chair the Club Congress and Club Executive Board and
together with the board, supervise the Club Secretariat.
4) The Club CEO employed on contract, who shall head the Club Secretariat and whose
role will be the day-to-day running of the club, supported by other administrative and