A team of nine people have been elected to steer UNAPD to better heights in the next four years following a vote that saw former chairman Arthur Blick re-elected unopposed.
Others re-elected unopposed are Elizabeth Kayanga (Vice Chairperson), Ark Goffin Azuma (Treasurer) and Opira Fabiano (Northern Region rep).
The General Assembly (G.A.) took place at Community Based Rehabilitation Alliance (COMBRA) in Seeta, Muko district from December 6-7, 2013. The G.A comprise of over 120 delegates from districts, founder members, representatives of organisations of specific categories of people with physical disability, representatives of Disabled Peoples Organisation, representatives of the national Electoral Commission, and partners, among others.
Fierce competition was for the position of Women Representative that attracted five strong women: Jane Alum (eventual winner), Peace Sserunkuma, Anne Kobusingye, Harriet Zansanze and Ann Mary Nabwire (former Eastern Region rep). The position was hitherto occupied by Kayanga but moved on to Vice Chairperson, replacing Blick who filled in the position of Chairman following the death of Hon. James Mwanda in 2010. Mwandha served only one year on his term before his death.
“On a sad note, I officially inform the General Assembly that the former chairperson, Hon. James Mwandha, passed on and I was therefore completing his term of office. This makes me eligible for election to the position of chairman,” Blick said in his opening remarks at the G.A.
UNAPD constitution allows a Board member to serve for only two terms.
The position of Youth Representative was also very competitive among six candidates namely Alice Nandutu (eventual winner), Moses Wagidoso, Evarest Mucunguzi, Joseph Baguma and Stephen Muhumuza.
Mpindi Bumali was also re-elected to the position of Central Region after trouncing Abdu Sebagala while Abdu Nasser Muckassa also beat Salama Kintu to take over the Eastern Region slot.
The elections saw four new faces on the Board and three former members either lost or did not contest. New faces include Alice Nandutu, Ann Kobusingye, Abdu Nasser Muckassa and Jane Alum. Ann Mary Nabwire lost while Miriam Kiconco and Chrispin Oketchogara did not contest
Full list of new Board Members (2014-2017)
|2||Elizabeth Kayanga||Vice chairperson||Iganga|
|3||Candria A. Goffin||Treasurer||Kampala|
|4||Alum Jane||Women Representative||Soroti|
|5||Nandutu Alice||Youth Representative||Mbale|
|6||Abdu Nasser Muckassa||Rep Eastern Region||Palissa|
|7||Mpindi Bumali||Rep Central Region||Kampala|
|8||Fabiano Opiira||Rep Northern Region||Nebbi|
|9||Ann Kobusingye||Rep Western Region||Kabaale|