First Lady Retains Brig Byekwaso in Netball Office, Issues New Directives

Brig. Flavia Byekwaso

First Lady Janet Museveni who doubles as the Hon. Minister of Sports and Education, has issued out new directives to National Council of Sports in regards to the Uganda Netball Federation leadership.

These include Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso to remain as the acting president, and also directed NCS not to issue more funding to the Federation until their leadership and Governance issues are resolved.

Withdrawal of Certificate of Recognition from the Federation my NCS is also part of the new considerations.

Speaking to The-SportsNation, NCS Chairman Ambrose Tashobya, whom the First Lady’s letter is being addressed to, has confirmed receiving the Letter.

Earlier this year, the First Lady chaired two meetings, with President of Netball and other officials, Hon Minister of State of Sports, Hon Attorney General, the Inspectorate of Government, Officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports and National Council of Sports respectively, to discuss the issues related to poor governance and accountability within the Uganda Netball Federation.

These issues were particularly those raised in the Auditor General’s Report for the Financial Year 2021/22.

In the meeting held on Friday 21 April 2023, it was resolved that the President of Uganda Netball Federation Hon Sarah Babirye Kityo takes leave of absence from Office until the investigations by the Office of the Auditor General, and the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police Force (UPF) are concluded.

The First Lady said that she received the harmonised report of the Office of the Auditor General, and Inspectorate General of Government regarding leadership and accountability issues affecting Uganda Netball Federation.

“I am waiting for the Report from the Criminal Investigations Department of the Uganda Police Force, to inform my further action on the subject matter,” she stated.

“However, I have received reports that the President of Uganda Netball Federation forcefully entered the office of the Federation situated at Plot 1721, Old Kampala Road, Aga Khan Building, in Kampala before the investigations are concluded.”

The First Lady has consequently directed National Council of Sports to “execute and invoke” the relevant provisions of the law to ensure STRICT compliance of the same in respect to Uganda Netball Federation.

“In the interim, Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso should continue to act in the position of Acting President of the Uganda Netball Federation, in line with my earlier directive dated the 24th of July 2023, until further guidance is provided by my office upon receipt of the report from criminal investigation department of the Uganda Police Force.”

Other directives including immediately withdrawing the Certificate of recognition from the Uganda Netball Federation, should they fail to meet the requirements of a National Sports Federation.

She has also directed that no more funding be extended to Uganda Netball Federation, until the issues of leadership and governance are resolved

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