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UNAA Decides | Brian Kwesiga Elected New UNAA President, Defeats Incumbent Francis Senoga – See Closing Ceremony Photo Gallery below

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Posted September 2, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in UNAA ~ 40,962 views

     

Dallas Dispatch — Day Three – Uganda North American Association – UNAA long awaited elections were held on Sunday September 1st at the Omni Hotel and saw a youthful Engineer. Brian Kwesiga elected UNAA President after defeating incumbent software Engineer Francis Senoga with about 30 votes. The third Presidential candidate Mr. Joseph Musoke pulled off a Ralph Nader type scenario in deciding the election that had seen about 325 ballots cast.

For the Post of Vice President of UNAA Mr. Monday Atigo a former UAA – DFW President defeated the former UNAA Council Speaker Mr. Ronnie Kabaale to emerge the new UNAA – VP.  UNAA’s new Secretary will be Aisha Musoke Ogwang while the new Treasurer elect will be Jude Ssenpungu from the Chicago. Three of the top four executive positions were won by candidates from Dallas, Texas. Upon making the announcement for President Mr. Francis Senoga was called to podium to say a few words by the BOT Chair Dr. Muniini Mulera and was able to concede defeat.

Other winners included members of the UNAA Council that saw election of new members and the return of some old faces. However for the South West Region that included the State of Texas there was a tie as no winner was declared. The newly elected executive so what is perhaps the most youthful team ever elected to the UNAA executive. The challenge they face is if they will indeed be able to prove their critics wrong by filling the shoes of their predecessors.

The election was also marred by a few controversies as members debated contentious clauses within the new constitution first on the UNAA member list and later at a spirited debate at the AGM but based on the resident numbers of the host city some of the procedure motions were defeated. Also noteworthy was the lack of open campaigns that had become a tradition at UNAA elections.

Credit must be given to the UNAA Electoral Commission for the organisation and smooth voting process though some questions had been raised about the delay in availing the voter register. Ugandan Diaspora News also got complaints from members who felt that the cut off time of 4pm instead of 6pm did not favor those who stayed up late the previous night. Whatever candidate you supported there was a peaceful transfer of power from one leader to the next something many Ugandans in the Diaspora long to see happen back home in Uganda.

Earlier in the evening the UNAA’s keynote speech was delivered by Winnie Karangwa Byanyima the New Executive Director of OXFAM International, a renown feminist and activist. She talked about the Diaspora and the power of their remittances that amount to about $60 billion dollars worldwide according to the World bank statistics. However the most notable elements in her speech was the call for the Government to set up a Diaspora Ministry/Minister, Diaspora MP and also extend voting rights to the Diaspora given their contribution and amount of foreign exchange they bring into the country.

Since UNAA was making 25 years another special highlight of the evening was the cutting of the 25th Anniversary UNAA cake and for this exercise the outgoing UNAA President – IPP Mr. Francis Senoga invited the Vice President of Uganda Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, the Keynote Speaker Winnie Byanyima, Ministers that included Nduggu Rugunda, Asumani Kiyingi, MPs Mukasa Mbidde and Retired Major General Mugisha Muntu among others.

Below are some of the highlights from the closing ceremony as covered by the Ugandan Diaspora News. All photos appear courtesy of Ronnie Mayanja


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5 Comments


  1.  
    Victor

    Ronnie, who is the new Youth Representative?




  2.  
    Arthur G

    Thanks for keeping us informed Ugandan Diaspora news




  3.  
    Irene

    The VP did not seem to be thrilled to be near lady Byanyima. I hope I got his title right.




  4.  
    Kwesiga Brian NicCyprian

    Proud of you, namesake. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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