In death, Nkuutu leaves badminton in good stead

Monday September 14 2020

Gone too soon. Nkuutu (left) at a function. PHOTO | COURTESY


There is a school of thought that the best way to impact life is by being true.
That is a virtue rarely associated with Ugandan sports administrators but one that could easily apply to Shaban Muziransa Nkuutu. 

Some described the late Uganda Badminton Association (UBA)  chairman as indecisive at times, but his actions more than made up for his laid-back approach that will leave a lasting impression on sport. 

This is the view held by many in the badminton fraternity after learning of the lawyer’s demise yesterday morning. 
“He is one of the people who ensured the game got back on track because previously there were a lot of wrangles in the sport,” said Vaheed Mohammed, one of the biggest funders of the game in the country. 

“As sponsors we saw him as an open minded person who welcomed different ideas. He leaves the sport in a better place.” 
Nkuutu died when the car he was travelling in rammed into a trailer transporting sugarcane on Kayunga Road at Naminya in Buikwe District on Saturday night.

“It is a double tragedy because I have lost a long time friend I grew up with in Jinja. He has been one of those people who wants things done in a open manner and that is what we will miss him for,” UBA chief executive Simon Mugabi said.

Nkuutu, a prominent lawyer (Muziransa and Co. Advocates) practicing from Jinja, had led UBA from 2017.
He is expected to be laid to rest today in Bugweri District.