KAMPALA: The President of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), Moses Muhangi, has told Parliament that the National Council of Sports (NCS) has been tasking them to account for funds they did not receive.
Muhangi was on Thursday appearing before the select committee and inquiring into the activities of the National Council of Sports (NCS).
The investigation commissioned by Speaker of Parliament Anita Among was sparked off by a heated debate last month in which MPs reported inconsistencies in appropriated figures by Parliament and releases to the sports sector. The MPs also questioned the inconsistencies in money given to different sports federations without clear criteria.
In his statement to the select committee, Muhangi faulted Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the National Council of Sports (NCS) General Secretary, for asking the Federation to account for more funds than they actually received.
He told MPs that during an international game in Senegal, his federation requested 600 million shillings, but the council provided only 45 million shillings, and in turn, they were asked to account for 600 million shillings.
He accused the Council of spending money on behalf of the Federation and asked them to account for it. Muhangi says that NCS sometimes commits to buying air tickets and paying for accommodations and in turn expects the Federation to account for the funds spent.
He said, however, that they have resisted accounting for such funds, something that has put the Federation and the NCS leadership at loggerheads.
Muhangi also told MPs that although the government gave 7 billion shillings for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year, most of the delegates were facilitated by the organizers of the event, and most of the government funds were used as per diem.
The Federation also reported that for the current financial year 2022-2023, they submitted a budget of 12 billion shillings to the NCS and that they expected 3 billion in the first quarter and 6 billion in the second quarter. However, Muhangi said that they have so far only received 133 million shillings.
Laura Kanushu, the chairperson of the select committee, tasked Muhangi with presenting evidence in regard to his allegations.
Kanushu also directed Muhangi to submit before the select committee the Federation’s audited books of accounts, a list of staff, a strategic plan, board minutes, and bank statements.
Meanwhile, the Boxing Federation appealed for the reinstatement of the sport in schools.
Muhangi told MPs that boxing had been banned in schools without a clear reason and that the latest letter from the former Minister of State for Sports, Dennis Hamson Obua, points to a safety investigation of the sport for children.
According to Muhangi, the continued ban of the sport means a disadvantage for the development of boxing.
He appealed to MPs to advocate for the return of boxing in schools and said that the Federation should be given an opportunity to demonstrate the safety measures they have in place.