Rally Drivers Sue FMU


advice geneva; font-size: small;”>With the legality of the local sports federations becoming an important issue, on August 15, FMU was sued by Uganda Motor rally Drivers’ Club (UMRDC) for operating unlawfully.

According to UMRDC legal adviser Geoffrey Nsamba, FMU illegally banned four drivers for reportedly tarnishing the federations’ name and inciting ‘violence’ among their fellow drivers not to take part in any FMU organised event.

“These individuals who were banned, filed a case against FMU for existing illegally,” said Nsamba.

“FMU has no mandate to run the game (motorsport) because it is not a national federation and it should account for the money it has been getting from FIA since 2000. It has been receiving $100,000 every year in names of legal federation,” he added.

Nsamba claims FMU has no monopoly for the game and they have no right to stop drivers from competing in any event since even it is a club like UMRDC.

Nasser Mutebi, one of the banned drivers told Chimpreports that FMU reached an extent of writing to Kenyan motorsports federation which barred them from competing in last weekend’s Kisumu rally that was won by Carlo ‘Flash’ Tundo.

“Duncan Mubiru had registered to compete in Kisumu rally but FMU through their vice president Katende Mukiibi wrote to Kenya federation and on the very day Duncan was barred from competing,” alleged Nasser.

Two months ago, the banned drivers (Nasser Mutebi, Duncan Mubiru, John Barrows Lumu, Geoffrey Nsamba) urged the state Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi to intervene, but have not received any response since then.


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