The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has revealed that they will have to consult with all their members before officially complying with the New National Sports Associations (NCS) Act signed by the minister of Education and Sports Hon Jessica Alupo.
This was revealed on the federation’s official website immediately after the launch of the statute on Monday April 14 at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
The new Act under 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 outlaws FUFA which is partly incorporated as a limited company and also has NCS General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa as one of the guarantors.
In a statement released on www.fufa.co.ug, the FA says that will internalize the new regulation after consultations with members.
“FUFA as a law abiding body will internalize the received new regulations through consultation with the Members,” read part of the statement.
“FUFA has been one of the most compliant National Sports Associations with the National Council of Sports fulfilling most of the requirements now included in the regulations,” the statement continued.
FUFA further said that their legal personality which is FUFA Limited was meant to attain a status which leaves them compliant with the international body FIFA and also allows them conduct business nationally.
“On the matter of the legal personality of FUFA, our two objectives have always been and are to obtain a status that ensures our continued compliance with the FIFA Statutes and a status that allows us to trade in the Ugandan law so that we obtain resources and infrastructure to support football development.”
Important to note, FUFA promised to comply with the new ACT only if it allows them achieve both objectives and if it doesn’t, they will use accept means in the law to ensure the regulation is revised.
“Should the Members of FUFA find an option that allows us to achieve both objectives within the new regulations; we shall definitely opt for that.
However, should the members find that one or both objectives can’t be achieved within the new regulations we shall use acceptable means in the law to find a revision of the regulations.”
The FA however accepts that the 1964 NCS ACT was so outdated and needed an overhaul but advises that a new ACT should be able to accommodate both business and structures accommodated in international affiliations citing examples in nations like Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania which amended a similar act but came up a with a modern day regulations.
“As FUFA we insist that the 1964 NCS ACT cannot give birth to a legal regime to regulate Sports 50 years later. We urgently need a modern-day sports ACT that accommodates both the business approach to the sports industry and governance structures accommodated in international affiliations. The former British colonies like Tanzania (1971), Kenya (2012), and Ghana (1976) have all amended the same British Colonial ACT. Even Uganda must overhaul the Act to provide a legal frame work.”
It should be noted that in 2004, the federation was disbanded by the then Minister of Education Hon. Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire for incorporation as a company.
Unlike then, all sports federations are required under the new law to re-register with the National Council of Sports within six months since it was gazetted on Friday 4 thus there will be no disbandment but newly registering.