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FUBA Sanctions LITES UP Ahead of FNL

Team Blick and Amoding in FNL action last year.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change candidates Lydia Turyahumura and the Kabale district deputy speaker Flavia Nyinakiiza Kanagizi, story were floored in yesterday’s local government elections as the ruling National Resistance Movement swept most of the positions in the district and the wider Kigezi sub region.

The NRM won all the four LC5 seats in the south western sub region.

Incumbent Patrick Besigye Keihwa and Abel Bizimana the former assistant health inspector for Kisoro district won Kabale and Kisoro district chairman seats respectively after sailing unopposed, approved while Andrewson Katebire of NRM won the Rukungiri seat defeating the incumbent Charles Kwebangira Byabakama and Martin Mugabe of the FDC.

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Katebire polled 30186 votes and was by Mugabe with 25, information pills 437 votes while Byabakama trailed with 11,715.

Canon Josephine Kasya retained her seat as the Kanungu district LC5 chairperson, defeating the former district education officer GodWilly Bakiga whom she had defeated in the NRM primaries. She managed 30271 votes while Bakiga polled 21647.

Lydia Turyahumura the Kabale FDC chairperson who has been representing the people of  Nyamweru sub county as their district woman councilor; lost to NRM’s Sandrah Kyomukama who polled 2414 votes against Turyahumura’s 1855 votes.

Flavia Kanagizi the Kabale district deputy speaker lost her councillorship seat to her long time rival Twenda of the NRM.

Another shocker was the long serving Rubaya sub county councilor Davidskyluck Kagoma who lost to March Boaz, a 26 year old Kyambogo University 3rd year student. The 75 year old Kagoma has been at the Rubaya sub county since the 1990s.


Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations – FUBA has resolved together with Kinetic Management Group (KMG) and NBL that only the LITES UP event will take place this year as opposed to FNL (Friday Night Lights).

“Following our meeting this morning between representatives of FUBA, more about FNL, buy more about KMG and NBL, it was resolved that one event will take place,” FUBA communicated after a meeting on Thursday morning.

According to an earlier statement from FUBA, “Having two competing events of the similar nature running concurrently and using the same players is not healthy for the image and brand of the game.”

The federation has further adviced both camps that both events (FNL and LITES UP) shall be considered next year on condition that the two organizers present their schedule on time and that the events will not be happening at same period of time.

LITES UP is organized by KMG and sponsored by beer brand Castle lite while FNL are still in negotiations with a sponsor.

During the meeting on Thursday morning it was resolved that the event will tip off after all modalities have been worked out, meaning their will be no action tomorrow.

“However, we regret to inform you that we shall not have any of the events this weekend until we work out all modalities for easy management. We shall therefore communicate the final position on 29 February 2016 and the event shall thereafter take place that weekend as agreed upon by all parties.”

FUBA has also warned players and technical officials from taking part in unsanctioned events that they will be penalized in accordance to the FUBA and FIBA laws.


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