Nuwagaba attributed his departure primarily to career and personal reasons and will officially leave office on October 16, 2023. Similarly, Allan Mugume, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, tendered his resignation citing personal reasons. He will officially hand over office on December 11, 2023.
Cricket Association (UCA) has been hit by the sudden departure of three
high-ranking officials in just two months. The most recent blow to the association was Chairman Michael Nuwagaba's resignation over the weekend, barely a few months after his reappointment in March.
Nuwagaba attributed his departure primarily to career and
personal reasons and will officially leave office on October 16, 2023. Similarly, Allan Mugume, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, tendered
his resignation citing personal reasons. He will officially hand over office on December 11, 2023.
However, while all officials cited personal reasons for their
resignations, it is believed that there was a rift within the upper ranks of
the association regarding the renewal of Cricket Cranes Head Coach Lawrence
Mahatlane's contract, which is set to expire in October.
Sources have indicated that both Nuwagaba and Mugume were in favour of renewing Mahatlane's contract, while several other board members vehemently opposed the idea and desired the departure of the South African coach urging that keeping him around would cost the association.
“The chairman’s advice was that; because the coach’s contract
runs out on October 31 and the national team will be playing in
Namibia the next month, we hold onto the coach up to
until that time, not that he wanted him to stay or go, but the wisdom should
have been that we keep him for an extra month and then after than we can make a
decision whether to keep him or not," Denis Musaali, the Communications Director of the association said.
In their press statement, UCA officially confirmed that
Lawrence Mahatlane would not have his contract renewed, and his tenure would end on October 31, 2023. The statement also mentioned that the process to
fill the resulting vacancies had already commenced.
However, Mahatlane's impending departure raises concern,
as it coincides with the period just before the Cricket Cranes participate in
the ICC T20 World Cup Africa regional qualifier in Namibia, potentially
jeopardizing the team's preparations.
Musaali told URN that while he agrees that there was a clash
amongst the top officials over the renewal of Mahatlane’s contract, it was not
the stated reason for the resignations of the two officials, as neither of them
“One of the reasons the two officials gave, one was
career and the other, was personal, so there is no mention of disagreements
between the board members, and he is still the Chairman up to October 15.
He added that the development is normal for any healthy organization.