In a significant transition, the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) welcomes John Walusimbi as its new Chief Executive Officer, marking the dawn of a promising era in cricket administration.
Walusimbi steps into the role previously held by Allan Mugume, who tendered his resignation in September last year, with December marking his departure from office.
Walusimbi’s appointment arrives amidst a flurry of activities lined up for the senior teams, with the Cricket Cranes preparing for the inaugural T20 World Cup event scheduled for June in USA and West Indies.
Meanwhile, the Victoria Pearls are gearing up for the Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers in April, set to take place in Dubai.
The selection of Walusimbi, who brings a fresh perspective as an outsider to cricket, resonates well with many cricket enthusiasts. His focus on organizational growth over internal politics is seen as a positive move for the association’s development.
With a robust academic background, including a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University and an MBA in International Business from Coventry University, UK, Walusimbi brings a wealth of strategic planning, resource mobilization, and operational management skills to his new role.
His leadership prowess is further enhanced by specialized training from institutions such as the KCB Leadership Centre in Kenya.
Drawing from his extensive experience as a former general manager at Blink Logistics Uganda and senior operations manager at KCB Uganda Limited, Walusimbi’s tenure holds promise for securing sponsorships and efficiently managing ongoing activities within the association.
Walusimbi’s familiar connection to Benjamin Musoke, a former board member and manager of Tornado Cricket Club, adds a nuanced understanding of the game and its operations.
This insight positions him well to navigate the intricacies of cricket administration and foster collaborative initiatives within the cricketing community.
With a three-year employment contract in place, Walusimbi expresses his commitment to driving progress, fostering innovation, and nurturing the next generation of high-performance individuals within the Uganda Cricket Association.
His vision, coupled with his extensive experience, sets the stage for a transformative chapter in Ugandan cricket.