The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has revealed that they are yet to see the New Sports Act which was signed by Education and Sports Minister Hon: Jessica Alupo.
On Wednesday April 2, Alupo put pen to paper on the new sports Act which was later gazetted by the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation (UPPC) at Entebbe two days later an implication that it’s now operational.
In an interview with Kawowo Sports, Fufa spokesperson Ahmed Hussein stated that they are yet to receive any gazetted document from the ministry and so can’t officially react to it.
“Fufa is yet to receive the official gazetted document from the ministry and until then we are constrained to make any official response,” Hussein told Kawowo Sports.
Almost a similar statement was echoed by the Fufa president Moses Magogo. “We have not seen it so we shall only make comment when we see it,” Magogo said.
The new National Council of Sports Regulations for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, outlaws national federations from incorporating as limited companies and bars members or officers of NCS from promoting the incorporation or registration of a national association.
This is a double blow to Fufa which has an arm incorporated as FUFA Limited and also has NCS General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa as one of the guarantors of the contested Fufa ltd.
The registration of Fufa and Fufa Ltd has been an area of contention for some time now after the former Education and Sports Minister Namirembe Bitamazire banned the FA in 2004 for not being legally constituted under the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act on 1964.
According to the new act, Fufa Ltd, which the Mengo body say is not another federation but their business arm, is operating illegally today and in using “Uganda” in their acronym, they are breaking the new regulations.
The Act asks all existing national sports associations to apply afresh to the NCS for registration within six months from commencement of these regulations but trouble is Fufa and Fufa Ltd were ruled to be two different organizations in the Attorney and Solicitor Generals’ interpretations.
With this all hitting on the FA, Ahmed Hussein revealed the federation has always been compliant with laws and expects no hesitation this time around with the new Act.
“FUFA is one of the most compliant national sports associations in the country,” he concluded.
It remains to be seen how the New Sports Act will effect on the business of the federation since Fufa Ltd claims to be a business arm but surprisingly using the same constitution as FUFA.
As usual, Kawowo Sports will keep you posted.