November 16, 2017
The Kingdom of Buganda officially unveiled a four-year strategic plan (2018-2021) on Thursday, 16th November 2017 at Serena International Hotel in Kampala.
Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, the Vice President for the Republic of Uganda was the chief guest at the launch.
The whole project stems from the full blessing of the Kabaka, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
In his special message about the four-year strategic plan, the Kabaka stresses the essence as developing and promoting the game using the unique cultural heritage.
Addressing the Kingdom subjects, journalists, sponsors and partners, Ssekandi warmly welcomed the project.
I know the game of football has its own challenges, but once we join hands together, we shall succeed. Sports and football in particular helps to keep healthy bodies and minds. It has done a great deal to improve upon people’s welfare
He also revealed and promised the full Government’s backing towards implementing the strategic plan that has a core strategic pillars as cultural heritage, governance, technical development, facilities, kingdom team, competitions, administration, membership, finance, marketing and sponsorship.
“The Central Government is also working towards a better sports policy. We shall fully support this four-year strategic plan and other programmes. All the signs indicate that Uganda and Buganda are geared in the right direction. Soon, we shall play at the World Cup as a country,” he added.
The Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga lauded the initiative which he believes will drive the Kingdom for an extra mile.
This is a brilliant idea that is geared towards helping football in Buganda Kingdom grow for the better. Football in Uganda started within Buganda Kingdom and we ought to maintain the legacy.
I also thank the working team, all committees, sponsors and partners
Buganda Kingdom Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation, Owek. Henry Sekabembe Kiberu tagged the plan as aspirational.
The plan is aspirational, providing a clear road map for the future and aiming to position the Kingdom football in a benefiting place in Uganda and the world at large, effectively achieving the set vision as the leading football kingdom
Samuel Mpiima is the chairman of the football strategic planning committee.
The other members of the committee are; Sulaiman Ssenjjengo, Owek. Mulema Mukasa, Jamil Ssewanyana, Axam Senkayi, Roanld Kawaddwa, Adam Sematiko and Saddam Ssebuyira.
Uganda’s leading telecommunications company, Airtel Uganda leads the cast of sponsors and partners.
For starters, Airtel Uganda sponsors the Buganda Masaza tournament.
Other football tournaments within the Kingdom are Bika Bya Baganda football competition, schools events and Coronation cup.
A brief history about football in Buganda indicates that the game was started in 1897 by Rev. Archdeacon Robert Henry Walker of the Namirembe Church Missionary Society, who was supported by George Lawrence Pilikington as coach at the Mengo School.
The game spread wings steadily to the current status.
For effective implementation of the strategic plan, the core values of unity, talent, integrity, identity, fair play, amity and excellence will be greatly considered.