To: UNAA Members
From: UNAA Electoral Commission
Re: Electoral Commission Update

Dear UNAA Members,

The Election Commission (“EC”) was established by the UNAA Board of Trustees to plan, execute and oversee the UNAA Elections, which will be held on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 in Miami FL. The EC has been working diligently to formulate a process that will enable UNAA Members to exercise free and fair elections. The Electoral Commission wishes to inform you of the following:

1. Commission Structure:

 

Mr. Franco Mukhwana Wantsala (Commissioner) has devoted most life time working with non-profit organizations ever since he came to USA. He is one of the founders of North America Masaba Cultural Association (NAMCA), and was its first Chair Person. He currently serves on NAMCA Founder’s Council Committee as a member.

He holds both an Associate and a Bachelor Degree in Finance at Cincinnati Community State College and University of Cincinnati respectively. He is also a Certified Professional Bookkeeper. He has since held various accounting positions in Cincinnati Ohio area.

He was President and CEO of Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Inc, Cincinnati, Ohio from 2009 to 2013. Seven Hills incorporated in 1961 stands as one the Oldest Social Service Organizations of its kind, nationwide, serving the lower income groups throughout the geographical region.

He is currently the General Manager of 21st Century Developers LLC, Real Estate Developer for East African region. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and is married to Grace Kagoya. 

 

Dr. Benjamin Omara Abe, PhD (Commissioner) is the Professor Emeritus of Human Biological Anthropology teaching at North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington, United States. He has been Professor since 1970.  

Born and raised in Gulu, Uganda, he is a long standing member of UNAA having served as Vice President, board member and on the as well as on the Electoral Commission over the years.  Ben has been the main organizer of the Northern Forum at UNAA Conventions since 1997.

He was a lecturer of Human Anatomy at Makerere University Medical Kampala, Uganda in the 1960s and currently serves as Uganda’s Deputy Honorary Vice Consul based in Seattle, Washington.

A member of the University District Rotary Club of Seattle, he has been involved in several humanitarian missions to Africa. Through Rotary, Ben has led teams in providing clean water, sanitation and health programs to Ethiopia and Uganda. The various Rotary missions, led by Dr. Abe, have assisted in delivering over 600 wheelchairs and tricycles to Uganda and he has for several years volunteered for polio.

 

Mr. John B. Agaba (Commissioner) is the President/CEO of Kitara Enterprises, Inc. He holds a Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Makerere Business School and a Diploma in Law from Makerere Law Development Center. He also attended the Seattle Central Community College in Washington and holds an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy.

He headed the United States Ambassadors Security detail from 1992 – 1998 at the United States Embassy in Kampala and previously worked in the President’s Office.

He is the current President of the Pacific Northwestern Ugandan American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle, Washington and is currently self-employed in the transportation industry. 

 

Mrs. Fiona Babumba (Commissioner) has been a Member of UNAA since 2005. She lives in Austin Texas. Fiona has attended a number of UNAA Conventions and her first one was the one that was held in Minnesota in 2005. She was one of the facilitators of the Children's Drama and Dance Group which performed during the Minnesota Convention.

Fiona is an active member of the Uganda Austin Community and is a regular participant of the social activities that the Community hosts.

Prior to coming to the USA Fiona had been the National Treasurer of the Uganda Youth Forum. The Uganda Youth Forum is an organization whose mission is to mentor the youth by instilling in them Christian Values and provide encouragement and guidance so that they may grow in both body and spirit.

Fiona currently works as a Private Duty Nurse with Viva Pediatrics, a Nationwide Healthcare provider based here in Austin.

 

Mr. Fred Byabagye (Commissioner) holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Mathematics from Warren Wilson College, Ashville, North Carolina.

Fred is an active member and ardent supporter of UNAA. In addition, Fred is a co-founder of the successful “Technology Forum” that seeks to close the “Digital Divide” by leveraging the Uganda Diaspora expertise while collaborating with local experts on the ground in Uganda.

Fred presented at both the 2013 and 2014 UNAA conventions in Dallas and San Diego (see link below).

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ugandan-community-in-san-diego/0dpGmgUNU8k

Fred is an accomplished internationally experienced platform solutions Engineer with a track record of innovation & success with major Semiconductor (Computer Chips) company in the technology sector.

Big picture thinker, adept in aligning global external & internal customers & stakeholders to deliver mutually optimized platform solutions within strict metric driven compliance restricted contexts and experienced in budgets, resource and cost center planning & management.

Consistently recognized for process innovation, hands on technical leadership & customer innovation (see LinkedIn profile below for details)

 

Sheikh Abdullah Ddumba (Commissioner)

 

Mr. David Irakiza (Commissioner) hails from the beautiful land of Kisoro, Uganda and was raised in Kampala, Uganda. He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from Makerere University Kampala, an MS degree in Mathematics and an MS degree in Computer Science, as well as, a Ph.D. in Computational Analysis and Modeling from Louisiana Tech University.

Currently, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Louisiana Tech University.

As a student in the US, David was actively involved in various activities with the International Students Organization at his alma mater where he represented Uganda at events such as International Scholarship Dinner, International Day, among others. David is passionate about helping Ugandans, especially the young people, make use of the numerous opportunities both in and outside the country to not only improve their individual livelihoods but also their communities and the country in general.

To this end, David has been involved in a number of personal and collective initiatives aimed at helping those who are less fortunate than he has been. As a member of UNAA, David strongly believes that the collective effort of like-minded individuals in the organization can achieve tremendous results and he is excited to channel his energies towards working with UNAA to achieve its objectives.  

 

Mr. Joseph Amooti Kazinduka (Commissioner) is a respected member in the Ugandan community on the East Coast.  He has been associated with UNAA as a member in good standing for over fifteen years.  He and his wife Margaret have lived in the New York area for more than twenty years. They are both active in the Uganda American Association of Greater New York and other community associations.  Margaret is a key member on the International community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) board of Directors while Mr. Kazinduka is a member of the Tooro American Association (TAA)

Mr. Kazinduka is an accomplished finance professional. Before coming to the US he worked with United Nations High Commission for Refugees as a logistics and paying officer as a local staff in Uganda. Here in the US Mr. Kazinduka has served in several senior finance positions in both for profit and not-for profit organizations  - from senior finance and budget analyst, senior finance manager, Controller,  to his current position as the Director of Finance and Administration with a non for profit organization  in Westchester county, New York. He is also a Consultant with the New England Energy Transmission Organization (ISO-NE) as a Price and Energy markets Analyst.

Mr. Kazinduka graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY with a B.Sc. Business Administration and holds an MBA in Financial Management from The Hagan School of Business, Iona College, New York.

 

Mr. Peter Matovu (Commissioner) was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Frank and Sarah Matovu's (One couple of many who have founded UNAA)

He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Business, Computer Information Systems as well as serving the United States Air Force as a Senior Airman with the job of a Radio Frequency Journeyman. His future plans are to become a United States officer and fly as a military pilot or to manage a software company in the Information Technology industry.

 

Ms. Joanita Mulyanti (Commissioner)

 

Ms. Caroline Olok (Commissioner) was born on October 9th in Gulu, and as Uganda celebrates their birthday, so do she. She grew up in Kampala for 12 years, and attended Nakasero Primary School until P7 and she left Uganda. She has lived in the US for over 35 years living in the South, East and West coast.

She is currently in Atlanta, Georgia working in the social services field and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Psychology.

She has two children, 23 and 16 years old. Most of her time is spent with family and their activities such as, school, sports, girl scouts, boy scouts, church and other community activities. Her work in the Ugandan Community in Atlanta involves two years as a board member for the UNAA Atlanta Chapter as Secretary.

She seeks to promote fairness and some type of educational experience to all. She looks forward to bringing her desire to serve in a positive and a professional manner within the EC UNAA 2015. 

 

Dr. Richard Oloya  (Commissioner)

 

Dr. Peter T. Simbi (Ph.D., MSW, M.A. Ed Ad, University of Minnesota and BA SWSA Makerere University) (Commissioner) is Professor of Social Work. Currently, he teaches in the MSW Program mainly in the areas of social welfare policy and social work practice with communities and organizations. He has been a social work educator and administrator at both BSW and MSW levels and served as site visitor for CSWE.

He taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, Grambling State University, Louisiana, and Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia and Valdosta State University, Georgia.

In addition, he served as coordinator of the BSW Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, assistant Dean of the School of Social Work, Baton Rouge Louisiana and director of the MSW Program at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In other countries, he taught at Nsamizi Training Institute, Entebbe, Uganda and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. In fall 2009, he was visiting professor at the University of Teesside, Middleborough, United Kingdom. His scholarly works are mainly in the in the areas of administrative justice, policy practice, international social work, child welfare and collaborative service delivery.

He is one of the Founders of Uganda North American Association (UNAA), serving on the Board in 1990 and of North American Masaba Association (NAMCA) of which he is currently serving as Vice President.

 

Mr. Herbert Ssekakoni Matthew Twase (Commissioner) is a System Analyst with University Medical Center New Orleans, previously worked with nationally recognized, one-stop, multidisciplinary HOP clinic for populations infected with HIV/AIDS & infectious diseases. As a Clinical Data Analyst with Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Twase has been involved in HIV and infectious disease projects and activities since 2007. After Katrina the city of New Orleans required rebuilding after the destruction. With skills in research methods, data management and surveillance Twase has made strides in improving the lives of many patients in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Twase grew up in Uganda, Entebbe in later years he earned a scholarship to United States where he received a Master’s of Science degree in International Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University- Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Waltham Boston, and while in Boston he also attended Boston University School of Public Health where he pursed a course in Design and Conduct of Clinical trials which cemented his knowledge in Clinical Research. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in, Ethics and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi.  

Twase has recently completed a course at Louisiana State University School of Public Health in Database Management. Twase is a member of Ugandan North American Association (UNAA). He is a Past President of Leo Club Nkozi (Lions) where he spearheaded a cataract project that treated 25 patients who had almost lost sight in their eyes. In the area of public health Twase has been at the forefront of identifying patients who have fallen out of care and has applied surveillance tools to identify newly HIV diagnosed patients in the Greater New Orleans Area. His work has greatly improved medical access and delivery of services for 2200+ patients in a multi-cultural environment.

Twase currently lives outside New Orleans with two children and a wife.



2. Contact Information
The Electoral Commission may be contacted through our email address at
unaaelectoralcommission@googlegroups.com If you have any suggestions/questions/concerns, please send them to the above e-mail address. The EC will respond promptly.

3. Voter Eligibility
The UNAA Constitution defines a “full member” with the right to vote (3.1 (a) as someone that has paid fees (3.3) and is in good standing (3.5). For more information about membership and voter’s eligibility, please visit www.UNAA.ORG, and this information will be located in the New Constitution posted on the website.

Thank you for your dedication and willingness to serve. Your vote counts and we hope to see you in Miami.

Sincerely,
UNAA Electoral Commission