Netball Elections: Inside Jocelyn Ucanda’s Five Key Manifesto Promises

Presidential Candidate Jocelyn Ucanda launched her manifesto on Tuesday ahead of the upcoming much anticipated Uganda Netball Federation Elections.

Ucanda will vie for the top seat against MP Hon Sarah Babirye and Nabbingo teacher Sarah Babirye for the polls due Saturday, June 5.

One of the trio will be replacing Susan Anek whose three terms came to an end. Anek came into power in 2007 as an interim president thanks to NCS as she replaced Lydia Bukenya. She beat her in the 2009 Elections.

During the manifesto launch held at Route256 in Lugogo, Ucanda was flanked by outgoing UNF general secretary Annet Kisomose (Vice President Administration), William Bwambale, Denis Mpoza (Vice President Technical), Florence Nakamya (Publicity Secretary), Wilberforce Mutete (Assistant General Secretary) among others who are also standing for posts ahead of Saturday’s decisive day.

Ucanda, who has been the National Team (She Cranes) manager in the outgoing executive, revealed to the voters the kind of regime they are electing through her manifesto.

Her main priorities (key areas of focus) are Governance, International Relations, Financing, Technical Development and a sound secretariat.

“If elected, I will work with the UNF executive and the rest of the Netball Fraternity to implement a leadership strategy built on key pillars which I have called ‘The Five Gifts.'”

Ucanda noted that proper Governance is the backbone of every successful institution and hinted that she will focus on developing effective administrative structures at all levels.

She vowed to professionalise Netball in Uganda, set up functional committees, develop the game from grassroot, open offices for the game at regions, set clear policies and also hold capacity building for members.

On International Relations, Ucanda said that she will strengthen strategic partnerships with international bodies like International Netball Federation (INF), East Africa Netball Association, government and other stakeholders.

“My administration’s technical plan will be based on facilitating of National teams in participating in regional and international competitions.”

She also pledged to organise competitions for talent identification and development, and also push for establishment of the Netball Arena as the sport seeks to find her own home.

Wether her manifesto will be good enough to convince voters, will be known on Saturday as the fraternity seeks to determine the new direction for the sport for the coming years.

During her reign as the She Cranes manager, Uganda has made two appearances at the Netball World Cup and won the African Championship twice.

Ucanda is an assistant Director Marketing at National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Holding.

She is also the manager of the NIC netball team, a country’s club Netball League Powerhouse.

She was born on June 23 1962 in Ruhoko.

Did you know20 clubs, 97 districts and four institutions are eligible to vote at the Saturday’s elections.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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