By Barbra Namanyi
Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) and rival body Motorcycling Association (MAU) officials failed to reach a common ground in their second talks on Monday July 13.
The two parties met at National Council of Sports (NCS) Lugogo to harmonise the stand-off that came up last year when MAU was born.
In December last year, a larger section of Motorcycling parents and riders decided to form a new body called MAU to manage the sport because of their disappointment with FMU, a move the motorsport governing body (FMU) did not accept.
“We have not reached on any step because both parties were rigid. We shall call them again once before we come up with our recommendations,” NCS official in charge motorsport Ivan Nuwamanya said.
FMU chief Dipu Ruparelia said, “I’m disappointed that MAU seem not to be ready for talks but we shall continue extending an olive hand to them.”
Peter Ndiwalana the MAU spokesperson said,” We want to talk but we shall not just accept what FMU offer yet our members also expect FMU to accept their requirements.”
He explains that FMU had proposed that MAU gets involved in its constitutional review process, so that our grievances are addressed which is not practical.
“We are for independence and what should be on the table is the transition to independence not constitutional review,” he added.
The federation had also proposed that MAU meets the three motorcycling clubs UMX, Enduro and SMOC get a consensus before taking it to the assembly.
In February, MAU went on to organise their inaugural Challenge and again organised the Women’s-Day Quad Challenge in March at the Uganda Motorsport Arena Busiika which were very successful.
The was attended by Julius Bukenya, Bernard Muhindo, Peter Ndiwalana and Denis Musede (MAU) Dipu Ruparelia, Leila Mayanja, Kisitu Mayanja Allan Mugisha, Abdul Kateete, Tendo Mutale and Jimmy Akena (FMU). NCS general secretary Dr Patrick Ogwel.
The NCS members who witnessed it included NCS assistant general secretary David Katende, Ivan Nuwamanya and General secretary Bernard Patrick Ogwel.