Bob Trubish along with his entire Executive committee was two weeks ago impeached as the chairman of the Pool association of Uganda (PAU) during by members over incompetence.
In an extra general assembly held at Nob View hotel in Ntinda, the delegates accused the impeached leadership of lack of accountability, activity and attraction of partners to the sport.
Over Shs25m has no accountability while after three months of a new season, there was no activity organized with Nile Special, the association’s biggest sponsors and Betway-Uganda already parting ways with the sport.
Betway was sponsoring the national leagues while Nile Special bankrolled the National Pool Open championship –which is the biggest event on PAU calendar.
The members instated an interim committee led by Adam Ssebi till January next year when elections will be held.
The impeached Trubish vowed to petition National council of sports (NCS). Trubish beat Godwin Kakuru Byensi (RIP) by three votes in May 2017 to replace Farouk Wamala Kisuze.
Ssebi started playing pool in 1995 as a leisure activity before he attracted friends to start organising pool competitions with little prizes.
By the year 1999, David Mugabi, owner of Skymovies-sponsored the first organised individual pool competition in the country which competition ran till 2002. In the last edition, Sebbi lost out in the Semi finals to the eventual winner-Jonah Turigye.
Sebbi formed the very first pool club in the country (Hotline Pool club) in 1999 which was based in Ntinda before Kaweesi Gerald from Nateete formed Happy Holiday Pool club.
Then other Sebbi friends formed Pool Joint in Nakulabye, Lufula Pool club in Kalerwe among others. In early 2000, a group of friends from these clubs led by Caster Ssemwogere, Robert (Pipo) Kayanja among others formed the Uganda Pool Association (UPA). Since Adam had the best experience in competitions, he was named Tournament Secretary.
The Association was not registered by government, but they ran a 6-team league that year. Meanwhile, Adam’s team had re-branded to Hotpool club, at Yakobo’s Joint-Ntinda.
They were joined by Adam’s long-time friend David Mugabi, with Kim Kirunga as team captain. The first league was sponsored by Hotpool club and they won it.
However, the UPA leadership did not hand over the league prizes to the winners. This is where Adam fell out with them
The following year(2001), Adam then embarked on a process of registering the association officially with government. With club-mates like David Zziwa and David Mugabi, they wrote and submitted the first constitution of the association to National Council of Sports and registered officially as the Pool Association of Uganda(PAU).
Adam was chairman on Interim basis. in 2002, the new Association held it’s Assembly at Rock Catalina, and voted Adam Ssebi first chairman of the Pool Association of Uganda for a 2-year term.
In 2004, the Assembly re-elected Adam back into office, but he stood down, with reason that he wouldn’t work with some members with whom he was to serve on the Executive committee. This paved way for Bob Menani to become chairperson, a position he held for two 2-year terms.
The next chairman of the Association was Godfrey Mabirizi, with Adam as Vice chairman. Mabirizi led the association for one term and this paved way for the election of Forouk Kisuze who led the association for 2 terms, the last of them being a 4-year term after constitutional review.
Adam lost the Vice chair’s election to Umaru Mutaaya in the last of Kisuze’s term.
Meanwhile, Adam had gone through a very successful career as a player, winning 4 league titles with Hotpool. He was also the USPA pool player of the year(2003) after narrowly losing the crown in the previous year. He was the 2004 Senior league top scorer. He was barred from participation in the national open in 2009 because then, members of the Executive committee could not play, though he was Seed no. 3. His best Sucess in the National open was a Semi-final position in 2010.
His club(Hotpool) has gone through ups and downs. With David Mugabi as his vice, Adam has been the club chairman to present date.
He has been out of PAU executive leadership for the last 8 years but has been one of the most vocal personalities in ensuring transparency and accountability.
Following the dissolution of the Executive Committee in an EGM to change the Association’s leadership in 2019, Adam was voted Interim chairman to the end of the year.
1. ADAM SSEBI CHAIRMAN
2. ALEX KATUSABE. VICE CHAIRMAN
3.DAVID MUGABI. SECRETARY
4. PAUL OKWARE. TREASURER
5. ROBERT KAYANJA TOURNAMENT SECRETARY
6. PETER KYOBE. PUBLICITY SECTRETARY
7. FAUZAH NAMUGANZA LADIES SECRETARY
8.RONNIE WESONGA. SCHOOLS SECRETARY