Hon. Akena James Michael Elected New FMU President in a Landslide Victory


By Mwambazi Lawrence

In a decisive turn of events, Hon. Akena James Michael has been elected as the new President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Uganda (FMU). Akena secured a resounding 57 votes, ensuring a comfortable margin over his closest competitor, George Kagimu, who garnered only 16 votes. Kagimu, a former FMU president, graciously conceded and congratulated Akena, promising to work collaboratively to advance motorsport in Uganda.

Hon James Akena just after winning the FMU election.

In his victory speech, Akena highlighted the need to address ongoing internal disputes within the federation and vowed to bring harmony to the sport. His landslide victory suggests a strong mandate from the delegates, who hope for a period of stability and growth under his leadership.

Meanwhile, in the race for Vice President, Hajji Gombe Hamidu emerged victorious with 53 votes, defeating Julius Hans Serunjogi, who managed 18 votes. Gombe, a respected figure in motorsport, emphasized accountability and transparency as his top priorities. His promise to ensure a clear and open governance structure resonated with the delegates, leading to his overwhelming win.

The competition for Deputy Vice President of Motorcycling was a closer contest, with Arthur Blick, a well-known motorsport personality, securing the position with 34 votes. His nearest rival, George Semakula, received 29 votes, and Darbellah Apolot, affectionately known as “Maama Fortune,” finished with 11 votes. Blick expressed his commitment to working closely with Akena and the rest of the FMU executive team to promote motorcycling in Uganda.

The new FMU executive from Left is Joshua Mayanja the DVP rallying, Hajji Hamidu Gombe the new Vice president, Hon Akena James the new president FMU, Mr Ray Kibira the General Secretary, Jackson Serwanga the Assistant Gen Secretary and Arthur Blick Jr the DVP motorcycling

For the role of General Secretary, Ray Kibira ran unopposed, indicating widespread support for his leadership in administrative matters. His assistant, Jackson Serwanga, a former rally driver, also went unopposed. Serwanga stated that his focus would be on meticulous bookkeeping and upholding accountability across the federation.

Similarly, Joshua Mayanja, commonly known as “Taata Joshua,” was unopposed in his election to Deputy Vice President in charge of Rallying. Mayanja assured members of his intention to foster unity and harmony within the FMU, building on the momentum from the recent elections.

The newly elected FMU leadership team appears poised to address the challenges facing Ugandan motorsport, focusing on accountability, harmony, and the development of the sport at all levels. With Akena James Michael at the helm, FMU members are hopeful for a new era of growth and collaboration.

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