Malik Kaliisa has accused the National Council of Sports for the wrangles in the Uganda Kickboxing Federation.
Kaliisa who was sworn in as the Federation President in January this year at the elections that were not sanctioned by NCS says that top officials from council are invisibly protecting Patrick Luyooza.
He revealed this at a meeting that was held at Sibyangu Hotel on Thursday. The meeting was attended by professional Kickboxers led by Titus Tugume, Abu Kikenwa, Alex Matisko among others.
“National Council of Sports officials are invisibly defending Patrick Luyooza’s leadership but no one else who associated with the game of Kickboxing is behind him.”
Patrick has horrendously destroyed the game, he is not trustworthy since he has stolen money which could have helped in developing Kickboxing talents in the country.”
On the way forward
“The good thing is that we have met the State Minister for Sports Hamson Denis Obua and we outlined reasons as to why the game is still facing leadership wrangles.” We also requested him for a neutral person to look into our matters and good enough he gave us the commissioner to handle our issues.”
Head coach of the National Kickboxing team Sadat Yiga and also coach at Pentagon club in Nateete named NCS Secretary general Patrick Ogwel and his assistant David Katende as thieves
“We are facing all the problems because of the thieves led by Ogwel and Katende. We call upon the NCS chairman Donald Rukare to intervene before we take the next step.” Said Yiga.
In September, 2020, the Nakawa Court Magistrate Romans Odwori dismissed a case that was filed by Kaliisa against Luyooza.
For starters, the wrangles in the Kickboxing leadership started in 2018 after the demise of President Hassan Sekilime who was replaced by his Organising Secretary Luyooza on interim basis. Since then, the Federation has failed to agree on the right person to take on the leadership.