Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Sports, has voiced support for the Netball Normalization Committee amidst claims of failing to allocate daily allowances to She Cranes players during the International Netball Series in Wales and England.
Ogwang countered media reports alleging that the Netball Normalization Committee neglected to provide the She Cranes with a daily allowance of £45 during the recently concluded International Netball Series. In a detailed statement, Ogwang clarified that the Government of Uganda had granted a USD 1000 allowance to each player, covered the team’s travel expenses, and funded the pre-Series Camp training.
Concerning the £45 allowance, Ogwang clarified that it was supposed to be a contribution from the hosting federations, to be paid to the She Cranes in accordance with the commitment agreement signed by the federations of the three nations. This decision stemmed from past instances where the Uganda Netball Federation failed to fulfill player allowances during previous UK Tours.
"In past UK Tours, the said allowances were not disbursed to the She Cranes players by the UNF leadership as required, a matter brought to the attention of the Normalization Committee," part of Ogwang's response stated. "To rectify this issue, the UNF Normalization Committee and World Netball agreed that the allowance should be provided in kind and subsequently paid directly to the hotels where the She Cranes resided, covering meals for the team," another portion of the statement elaborated.
Ogwang's stance resonates with Angela Sanderson, World Netball’s head of finance and governance, who also stressed the direct allocation of per diem to team hotels to ensure the provision of three meals per day for the players.
"As discussed with the committee prior to the tour, due to reports of irregularities in the use of the per diem during the last She Cranes tour of the UK, World Netball requested that the per diem be paid directly to team hotels to ensure that the players were provided with three meals per day," a letter from Angela Sanderson dated 2nd February conveyed.
Both the Uganda Netball Federation and the government have faced prolonged criticism for purportedly failing to compensate She Cranes players, despite the team's achievements in various competitions, including the 2022 test series and the Commonwealth Games.