Uganda Volleyball Federation Refutes Referees’ Strike Claims

By: Joel Muyita

The Uganda volleyball federation has denied reports indicating that the national league referees are on a sit down strike demanding for a pay rise.

According to Godwin Ssenyondo, approved the federation first vice president, shop the national league will go on as planned.

“We would like to affirm that the NSSF volleyball league is still on course as successfully launched over the weekend, ” said Ssenyondo in a statement.

“The reported strike by referees is being investigated as only nine appointed referees absconded from duty on 24th July, 2016 with unconfirmed demand of a pay rise. Upon consultation of the implicated referees they argued actually that they were protesting against the poor leadership in the referees’ commission.” he added.

Ssenyondo also stressed that all the referees were paid and there are no outstanding arrears as far as the referees’ salaries are concerned. However reports indicate that all referees who were involved in the sit down strike have been suspended.

Some of the referees led by their chairman, Samuel Bukoma staged a sit down strike over the weekend prior to the 2016/17 league start demanding for a pay rise from 15,000 to 20,000 per match day.

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