Omar Ahmed Mandela is the new SC Villa president after the side’s lifelong fan and businessman was sworn in on Saturday.
He becomes the club’s first president since Ben Misagga’s reign unceremoniously ended in 2018.
Then, an interim committee led by Villa legend William Nkemba, took over and have been in charge until now.
Encouragingly, Misagga is on Mandela’s executives, serving as one of the vice presidents.
Other executive members are Daniel Bakaki, Hajji Salim Ssemanda and Mohammed Bazirengedde – for now.
Mandela stood unopposed after Farouk Meywa, who also picked nomination forms, failed to fulfil requirements of paying Shs19.5m and having a full executive.
Villa Electoral Commission chairman Isaac Walukagga declared Mandela new club president at 11.28 am on Saturday.
And the soft-spoken Mandela wasted no time in chit-chat.
“Mine is very short, I don’t have a lot of words to say,” said Mandela, “we have come here to work. We have a lot of work to do.”
Nkemba welcomed the new team and gave them some words of the wise.
“To the new team,” said Nkemba, “I point to you the following issues; the review and harmonization of the trust deed and the club statutes.”
He also asked the new team to be firm by emphasizing the distinction of roles of the club Secretariat, the VMTs(Villa Members Trust), the Executive, the Congress and the Trustees.
Nkemba, who pledged full support to the new executive, also emphasized the need for a comprehensive youth structure.”
Villa were supposed to hold elections on August 28 this year, but a court injunction put them on hold citing irregularities in the process.
Dennis Mbidde Ssebugwawo and legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona were the contestants. They did not participate in this one.