Walukuba Barbarians Rugby Club, a cornerstone in Ugandan rugby, is in the midst of a remarkable transformation. This pivotal moment signifies both a farewell to a devoted executive committee and the warm embrace of new leadership. As the torch passes from one era to the next, the club looks ahead with enthusiasm, aiming to reshape its future both on and off the rugby pitch.
One of the most poignant changes during this transformation is the stepping aside of the stalwart, Leo Lubambula, from his executive duties. Lubambula, who selflessly served the club in various roles, including the esteemed position of secretary general, has chosen to shift his focus towards making a direct impact on the field. His decision reflects not only his dedication to rugby but also his profound commitment to the club’s success.
In a recent, much-anticipated annual general assembly held at the inviting d’Fantasy Lounge in Jinja on Monday, Walukuba Barbarians community warmly welcomed the newly elected executive committee. Let’s meet the fresh faces steering the club into its new chapter:
Inheriting the mantle of club secretary general, Eric Kaluya steps into the shoes of Leo Lubambula. His appointment heralds a significant moment in the club’s administration and is anticipated to infuse a breath of fresh air into its operations.
Simon Peter Waiswa now stands at the helm of the club as the new chairman, succeeding Innocent Olweny. His leadership brings with it a promise of a different approach, one that prioritizes growth and performance.
Duncan Kirya, the former age-grade coordinator, has passed the baton to Augustine Owori. Duncan, who secured an uncontested position on the Uganda Rugby Union executive committee, leaves behind a legacy of nurturing the club’s youth development.
Denis Wakate, the club’s director of rugby, stands as the solitary link to the previous executive committee. His retention ensures the crucial thread of continuity and stability within the coaching staff.
The outgoing executive committee, celebrated for its tremendous contributions to the club’s growth and achievements, comprised the following dedicated members: Innocent Joshua Olweny (Chairman), Daniel Geno (Vice Chairman), Leonard Lubambula (Secretary General), Joel Ngida (Director of Finance), Walter Kayima (Director of Women’s Rugby), Jim Mugume (Internal Auditor), Duncan Kirya (Age-Grade Coordinator), Simon Waiswa (Legal Advisor)
The newly elected executive committee boasts a lineup of fresh, dynamic talent, ready to chart the club’s course to new heights: Simon Peter Waiswa (Chairman), Trevor Richard Muwata (Vice Chairman), Eric Kaluya (Club Secretary), Faisal Mayemba (Director of Finance), George Bukirana (Internal Auditor), Denis Wakate (Director of Rugby), Hellen Nangobi (Director of Women’s Rugby), Augustine Owori (Age-Grade Coordinator), Allan Mwigo (Legal Officer), Asuman Bajampola (Development Officer), Enoch Nawunya (Club Captain)
The outgoing executive committee deserves accolades for its remarkable accomplishments during its tenure. Notably, their stewardship steered the Jinja-based side back to the Uganda Rugby Premiership. The club’s astounding victory in the Mileke Border Nile Special National sevens circuit in Tororo stands as a testament to their dedication and leadership.
The changes at Walukuba Barbarians represent more than a simple reshuffling of leadership. They symbolize a profound transformation in the club’s identity and vision. With the incoming committee, equipped with a blend of experience and fresh perspectives, Walukuba Barbarians stand poised to embark on a new chapter in their illustrious history.