Pool fraternity holds historic ‘presidential debate’

Pool Association of Uganda Elective Assembly

  • Sunday, 7th May 2017 – National Council of Sports
© Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
The three contestants for the Chairman’s post at Club Lumas during the presidential debate ahead of Sunday’s polls. L-R (Umar Mutaaya, Bob Trubish and Byensi Kakuru)

There is a fresh facet of life in the Pool fraternity.

For the very first time in the history of the sport and sports as a whole in Uganda, there was a presidential debate held ahead of the Pool Association of Uganda (PAU) polls.

Attended by a great gathering, this first ever presidential debate was held at Club Lumas along Namirembe road in Kampala.

The three contestants vying for the Association Presidency; Kakuru Byensi, Bob Trubish and Umar Mutaaya alongside their aspiring vice chairmen Dr. Herbert Turyagenda, Alex Katushabe and Ismail Kalibala.

Out-going PAU tournament secretary Paul Kayanja, Dennis Musanje as well as UBC T.V and Star radio’s John Barnes Sentamu moderated the debate where the candidates freely and openly expressed their aspirations and views ahead of Sunday’s elective assembly.

Panelists at the Presidential pool debate included John Barnes Sentamu, Paul Kayanja and Dennis Musanje

Hotpool’s Trubish drives on a philosophy of a new Pool dimension where he is fronting increased sponsorship, professionalism, accountability, regionalization, talent development, better officiating and discipline among the Pool players.

“Sponsorship is key in the development of Pool sport and I will lobby for more sponsors to come on board as well as maintain the existing ones on board,” Trubish noted.

Kakuru, who hails from Ibanda agitates for strengthening of Pool structures, increased coverage of Pool in the media, Regional Leagues start as well as constructing a Pool arena to establish the permanent home of the body.

Kakuru reasoned at the debate;

I will use my experience having served an umpire and tournament secretary to better the interests of Pool. I will focus more on establishing regional leagues, forming a Pool arena, strengthening club structures and cleaning the rampant indiscipline among players

On his hand, Mutaaya, who has been vice president to Farouk Kisuze Wamala vowed to ensure continuity of the programmes of the previous regime.

“I will ensure continuity of the good programmes and firm foundation the previous regime had laid,” Mutaaya said.

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There is a big battle expected for the vice chairmen as Dr. Herbert Turyagenda, Alex Katusabe and Ismail Kalibala.

Club Klein’s Peter Kyobe will be tussling it out with friend Dennis Ngobi of Scrap Buyers for the Publicity Secretary post.

Retired Uganda Pools captain Oscar Ocacakon is the new in-coming Treasurer as he is unopposed in the weekend elections.

Pascal Ssengo is also unopposed as Tournament Secretary.

Other unopposed candidates are Fauzia Namuganza (Secretary of Women Affairs) and Jimmy Otim (Schools and Institutions).

The PAU elections had been earlier scheduled for January 29th 2017 but did not happen after clubs petitioned citing some irregularities.

Since then, an interim committee of 5 was granted the mandate to run the body temporarily as they clean up the house ahead of the fresh elections.

The Pool season is expected to cue-off this coming month with the National Leagues (top tier, women and second division).

Already behind schedule, the famous Easter Cup tourney was skipped in the normalization process.

There 27 eligible clubs that will take part in the elections.

Each club will send in two representatives who will vote for the respective posts.