KAMPALA- A whooping return of 50 international medals and 16 master titles in the last four years for the Uganda Chess Federation is no easy feat. It is the success UCF wants to build on by re-electing Eng. Emmanuel Mwaka as president for another term.
Mwaka’s second spell in office came in a slight victory over closest contestant Dr. Albert Otete who collected 43 votes, two less than Mwaka at 45.
Returning officer Mpeeka Muhumuza manned the election that had 44 clubs participate at the Pentecostal Church in Nakawa division. The process had international presence with Liberia Chess Federation president William Wilson Telebo part of the sitting.
“I’m really excited to have been re-elected as the president of Uganda Chess Federation. Every candidate is judged by his achievements and I had an impeccable record of bringing 50 international medals and 16 master titles. It wasn’t a walkover though because my opponent gave me a hard time in the race,” said a delighted Mwaka.
Getting chess players financially sane is one of Mwaka’s main targets. He plans on setting up sustainable wealth creation programs to create social empowerment for chess players to keep their bank balances healthy.
Mwaka, being a two time Olympian, knows the hustles and bustles of a local chess player after treading the same path. He is also a FIDE Executive Board member and first tasted power in 2017 after beating Stephen Kisuze to carry on from Vianney Luggya.
He will be deputised by Isaac Otim who scored 47 votes to beat Christopher Turyahabwe on 35 votes.
THE NEW EXECUTIVE 2021-25
President – Eng Mwaka Emmanuel
Vice-president – Otim Isaac
General secretary – Patrick Ojok
Treasurer – Masiko Ezekiel
Development Director – Shakira Ampaire
Technical Director – Teeba Jordan
National Coach – Harold Wanyama
Publicity Secretary – Nelson Mubiru
Players representative –Walter Okas
Executive Chairperson Chess in schools – Innocent Kimera