Rajiv, Kotecha in the driving seat as CMC elects new board

Board of Trustees, Central Motor Club in a group photo at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto on Saturday

KAMPALA – Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, the son of the city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia has been elected the Chairman Board of Trustees, Central Motor Club (CMC).

Rajiv will be deputised by Christakis Fatidis. Other board members include; Nelson Walusimbi as Secretary, Mike Mwangi as Treasurer and Mr Kiweewa Junjju as a member.

This was on Saturday 5, during the second CMC annual general meeting held at Kabira country club in Bukoto.

The election also saw Mr Rajab Kavuma, the founder and President of CMC handing over to his successor Mr Shyam Kotecha.

In the same manner, Mr. Saeed Kateeto Ali as the Vice President.

Other elected executive members are Enock Olinga as General Secretary, Mr. Anuj Thakhar, Treasurer, Avan Singh as Competition Secretary and Gideon Kiruma as Health and Safety Secretary.

Others include; Gareth Onyango who was elected as Fans and Media Secretary, Ssali Babu for Disciplinary Secretary, Patrick Salvador as Welfare and Entertainment Secretary and Daniel Kahiu for Equipment Secretary.

Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, the newly elected the Chairman Board of Trustees, Central Motor Club (CMC) posing a question

Rajiv said they are going to make the club one of the biggest not only in Uganda but in the whole world.

“Our expectation is that every year, you are going to see a winner from CMC,” he said, adding that they are going to get young talents and support them financially to ensure that the club grows.

Rajiv revealed that however much there is limited female participation in motor competitions, this will not be the case in the CMC.

“We shall try to get more females of course. It’s about strategy and how we entice them to join us,” he said.

He encouraged participants to also join the volunteer program which is cost-free.

“We also encourage them to join the volunteer program. The volunteer program you don’t have to pay any membership. When you are called upon for an event or when we are doing something we just need you to donate your time and knowledge,” said the new Board of Trustees Chair.

Newly elected Executive Members (Standing) and Board of Trustees, Central Motor Club (seated) in a group photo

The incoming President lauded all new members upon their new roles in the club.

Kotecha also thank Ruparelia group who donated to the club 15% of all hotels under Ruparelia.

The outgoing President Kavuma welcomed the new leadership saying that he finds it much more important for the club to be taken on by the young and energetic members.

He pledged support and knowledge for the club to move forward.

The incoming and outgoing CMC Presidents Mr Rajab Kavuma and Mr Shyam Kotecha respectively exchanging power

He, however, urged the new board to ensure put in place different avenues on how the club can generate income other than waiting for gate collection.

“This club must find possible ways of earning money. For us, we failed to pay taxes because most sponsors want already booming things. So members please sit down and get ways of earning money,” said Kavuma.

In the same way, Kavuma urged participants to be very well behaved.

“If you know that you drank and the next day you a competition to drive, please better cancel your name other than shaming the club,” he advised.


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