At a ‘unification press conference’ held at Kati-Kati Restaurant in Kampala, the two bodies confirmed that henceforth, they would work together.
FMU, MAU bury hatchet ahead of Motocross Africa Championships
The Federation of Uganda Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) and the Motorcycling Association of Uganda (MAU) have confirmed their reunion after three years of conflict and separation.
The development comes at a time when Uganda is set to host the 2022 Motocross of African Nations Championship (August 19-21) at the Victoria Race Track in Busiika.
The Motorcycling Association of Uganda broke away from the federation seeking autonomy as it accused the governing body of a number of issues ranging from lack of transparency, marginalization, and lack of the will to develop the sport, among others.
MAU embarked on independent events, thus missing out on international competitions due to the lack of licenses that could only be issued by the federation.
After having a change of heart, the two bodies agreed to put their differences aside and work together for the betterment of the sport.
FMU president Dipu Ruperalia noted that it was a collective effort by the federation to resolve the impasse due to common interests they share with MAU.
He added that the major objective of the reconciliation is to develop the sport.
“There is no need for chest-thumping. We have identified common interests; we need to develop motorsport; we want to be African champions. It has been a collective effort of the FMU and stakeholders to have this achieved. I wish to thank the motorsport parents and everyone involved in the negotiations”, he noted.
The two bodies agreed that there would be no marginalisation of riders, motorcycling events will be integrated into the FMU calendar, there would be joint management of events, all riders would participate freely, riders to get licensing and registration from FMU clubs, joint naming of the national team, and holding stakeholder meetings.