Peek at Villa Trustees as registration begins

Friday October 30 2020
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Midfield Magic. SC Villa’s Nicholas Kabonge waltz past Vipers defender Paul Willa at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende last season. Villa won the game 1-0. PHOTO/EDDIE CHICCO

By ANDREW MWANGUHYA

SC Villa’s rebuilding journey continues today when registration of supporters to the club’s Members Trust officially begins.
Uganda’s most successful club a fortnight ago announced they had moved from a limited company to a Trust.
The above was arrived at with the backing of at least three founding members in Fred ‘Guy’ Kawuma, Eriab Kamya and Dan Lule, who were present at the ceremony.

Earn your say
Under the new arrangement, Villa fans that want to have a say in matters of the club will have to pay an annual subscription of Shs50,000 per person, which comes with home season tickets and voting rights. 
Daily Monitor also understands that to be part of the club parliament, the Villa Congress comprising of 120 members, one will have to pay an annual subscription of Shs2m.
The Villa Congress is where views of subscribed members will be advanced, and the first will sit after December 31, the supporters registration deadline for the 2020/21 season.

William Nkemba, announcing the new Villa ownership and governance structure some weeks ago, said the Board of Trustees composition, which has a membership of at least seven persons, would be made public today.
“What I can tell you is that these will be people of high standing in society and reputable Ugandans,” said Nkemba.
However, this newspaper now understands that today will mainly be about Villa Members Trust registration, with branding and more coming November 8 or thereabouts.

Trustees criteria
So we decided to just keep you ahead of the game by actually revealing to you the inaugural Board of Trustees. These were actually confirmed as early as last December, although the certificate of incorporation of the Trust was issued July this year.
They include three directors from the SC Villa Limited before the Trust. The three are Omar Ahmed Mandela, Franco Mugabe and Nkemba himself - the interim chairman of the Jogoos since 2018.

Mugabe and Mandela - successful businessmen - have all been in the lifeblood of Villa leadership, and were instrumental in coming up with the interim committee instituted to rescue the club in 2018.
Nkemba is a former Villa players and has been at the helm of the interim committee that has overseen the current developments.
Others are distinguished lawyer McDusman Kabega, founding member Kawuma, of one Afrigo Band’s founders and long time Villa fan Moses Matovu and former Finance Minister Gerald Ssendawula. To be part of this governing body of the Villa Members Trust, one must have demonstrated history and strong commitment to football and its management in Uganda or elsewhere. They should also demonstrated leadership, knowledge and capability in their fields of expertise necessary for the purposes of the Trust.

The other requirement is they must be ready to commit the time required to fulfill the Trustees responsibility under this Trust Deed for the furtherance of the objectives of this Trust.
SC VILLA Governance 
1) Club Congress of 120 persons. 
2) Club Executive Board of 11 persons. 
3) The Club President. Elected every four years by the Villa Members Trust Members. 
4) Club CEO employed on contract. 

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TRUSTEES BOARD
INAUGUARAL COMMITTEE

1. Francisco Mugabe
2. Omar Ahmed Mandela
3. Gerald Ssendawula
4. William Nkemba
5. Fred ‘Guy’ Ivan Kawuma
6. McDusman Kabega
7. Moses Matovu

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