By Sakur AbdulSalam
The suspended publicity secretary of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) Fred Kavuma has petitioned Court challenging his suspension from duty by National Council of Sports (NCS).
In his suit filed before the Civil Division of the High Court yesterday (Wednesday), Kavuma claims that NCS illegally and irrationally suspended him from duty without observance of the rule of natural Justice. He has filed the case through Geoffrey Ojok and company advocates.
“NCS technical committee did not have power or authority to suspend me from all sports activities and management since its formation and establishment was illegal and contrary to the law,” Kavuma contends.
Kavuma was on September 13, 2017 suspended by NCS technical committee from engaging in any sports activity for failure to furnish them with a report concerning the recently concluded World boxing championship in Hamburg, Germany until further notice.
“Please take note that your suspension is occasioned by your failure to provide a report as demanded by NCS and further uncombined behaviour and lack of cooperation on several occasions when designated as the key official whenever you travel with the national boxing team.
You are further notified that your matter has been referred to police for further investigations,” the September 14 letter signed by Patrick Bernard Ogwel, the NCS general secretary reads in parts,”
However, Kavuma contends that he furnished a comprehensive report to NCS detailing the entire expenditure and accountability of the funds disbursed to him but was surprised to be served with the suspension letter.
“I was never summoned by NCS or informed of any complaint against me over the allegations pointed out in the suspension letter and therefore my suspension is illegal in as far as the principles of natural justice are concerned,” he contends.
Meanwhile, Kavuma has also filed a separate application in the same court seeking an interim order stopping the implementation of NCS directives pending the determination of his case.
According to Kavuma, hearing of his case could delay and cause a serious effect on UBF activities and him since he wants to stand in the forthcoming UBF elections which commenced on September 16.
“My main application would also be rendered nugatory if an interim order is not granted stopping NCS from effecting its decision. It is fair that court grants me an interim order,” Kavuma contends.
In his main application, Kavuma wants court to quash NCS decision to suspend him from all sports activities.
Kavuma also wants court to declare that NCS technical committee has no mandate to suspend him from the sports activities without justifiable reasons.
Meanwhile, deputy registrar of the civil division of the High Court, Sara Langa has summoned NCS to put in their written defense against the allegations within fifteen days.
Langa is yet to schedule Kavuma’s interim application for hearing and allocating the main case to the trial judge.