During a gathering at the Kema Gardens Motel in Mbale City, Mr. Godwin Kayangwe, the President of the Uganda Rugby Union (URU), addressed a diverse audience comprising club chairpersons, regional leaders, and stakeholders.
In his discourse, he shed light on the prevailing conflicts within the rugby landscape across the Eastern, Western, West Nile, and Northern regions.
Emphasizing the detrimental impact of these conflicts on the sport, Mr. Kayangwe outlined URU's proactive approach to tackling these challenges.
Central to their strategy is the implementation of initiatives aimed at capacity building and the enforcement of officiation qualifications.
Highlighting the importance of adhering to the fundamental principles of the sport, Mr. Kayangwe stressed the need to uphold pillars such as growth, strengthening, and empowerment, asserting that they serve as guiding principles in the development of rugby.
In a tangible display of support for rugby development, President Kayangwe made a generous donation of 150 rugby balls.
He urged Mr. Wangwe Moses, the Mbale City Sports Officer, to ensure the equitable distribution of these resources among clubs and schools, thereby fostering grassroots participation and nurturing talent at the grassroots level.
In acknowledging URU's contributions, Mr. Moses lauded the success of rugby in Mbale, citing notable achievements such as Nkoma Ss's championship victories and the increasing involvement of schools in the sport.
This recognition underscores the significance of collaborative efforts between sports governing bodies and local authorities in promoting rugby at the grassroots level.
Furthermore, in a bid to streamline logistical operations and alleviate travel inconveniences, adjustments were made within the Eastern Region.
This restructuring involved the division of the region into Bukedea, Elgon, and Busoga, reflecting URU's commitment to optimizing resources and enhancing operational efficiency.