Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) will be in international press this week after the Uganda body’s vice president Rita Aliguma was named on the executive of the Africa body on Tuesday.
Aliguma and USPA general secretary Patrick Kanyomozi are in Brussels for the 81st AIPS Congress where Aliguma’s name was confirmed to serve on the Africa body.
Her name was proposed by her president Sabiiti Muwanga during the AIPS Africa congress that sat in Nairobi in December last year.
“I was sure Rita’s name would be approved owing to her contributions both to USPA and AIPS. She a very hard working woman and at the same time innovative. I am sure, given more support, she will also make it to the global body,” Muwanga, who appointed Aliguma said.
Kanyomozi and Aliguma in Brussels
Aliguma, who hosts a sports show on women on UBC TV, is also the first ever USPA female vice president, a position she was appointed to in 2014.
Many will not be surprised by Aliguma’s rise to the continental body. She has been very active in AIPS activities since she joined the international body’s Young Reporters Programme.
Locally, she has been key in engaging stakeholders and soliciting for partnerships for USPA. One of them was the partnership with Brussels Airlines that offered their tickets to Brussels.
This partnership started in 2015 when the airline flew in AIPS Gianni Merlo for the annual Nile Special/USPA awards gala. AIPS President Obbi Mitchel said Aliguma deserved the position because of her passion and determination for sport, while also women inclusiveness is very key.
Among other new members voted in office are Lilian Nshirimana from Burundi, Fliss Mohammed from Tunisia, Sisoko Mouse from Gambia and Nasim Beson from Algeria.