Moses Magogo when he hosted the FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Kampala Credit: © Kawowo Sports/JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] President Museveni handshakes Moses Magogo, the FUFA Presdident as Gianni Infantino looks on at Entebbe State House Credit: Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Incumbent FUFA President Moses Magogo is bound to be the sole candidate ahead of the much awaited Elective Assembly slated for August 5, 2017 at Masindi Resort Hotel in Masindi Municipality.

The development follows two contrasting scenes in the nomination of aspiring candidates.

First, was the successful nomination of Magogo, also a CAF Executive Committee member on Friday, 16th June 2017 by the FUFA Electoral committee at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

Two days later, the same committee, headed by Samuel Bakiika disqualified Proline director cum head coach Mujib Kasule on grounds that he did not satisfy the conditions set within the FUFA Electoral Code 2012, FUFA Statutes and FUFA Electoral Guidelines.

Kasule was supposed to have been nominated on Friday, but he submitted the papers required at about 4:30 p.m, two hours after the agreed time he had booked.

Then, the documents submitted were scrutinized on Monday but found lacking thus the failure to comply with the mandatory requirements stipulated in the FUFA Statutes, FUFA Electoral Code and FUFA Electoral Guidelines for candidature of the FUFA President and FUFA Executive Committee.

The Committee noted that Kasule failed to comply with the following articles of the FUFA Electoral Code 2012:

Article 10 (5) Nominations of candidates shall be made by both the Chairman and Secretary of fully subscribed members. Where members are individuals, nominations will be done by fully subscribed members; and

Article 10 (6) Subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility prerequisites, a candidate to the office of the FUFA President shall only be valid if supported by any three members of FUFA where one such member is from the FUFA Super League Clubs or FUFA Big League, the other member being from Special interest groups as defined in article 10 (1) (d-1) of the FUFA Statutes and the other member being a Regional Football Association.

Article 39 (4) of the FUFA StatutesOnly Members of FUFA may propose candidates for the office of President. Members shall notify the general secretariat in writing of the name of a candidate for the presidency of FUFA at least two months before the date General Assembly.

Article 11 (2) of the FUFA Electoral Code 2012 states Candidatures will be registered by the EC, scrutinized by the EC for compliance with this code, the FIFA, CAF, FUFA and/or respective statutes of the organization for whom elections are being conducted and declared eligible for election after payment of the respective fees as stipulated in this code.

[/media-credit] Mujib Kasule (R) and Moses Magogo shake hands Credit: FUFA Media

Based on the above reasons the committee unanimously found that Kasule failed to fulfill the mandatory requirements and is therefore ineligible for nomination as a candidate for FUFA President.

Owing to road map outlined, Kasule has time to appeal the decision passed well in time ahead of the 93rd FUFA Ordinary Assembly on 5th August 2017.

The second last set of elections will be conducted on 26th June 2017 among the Uganda Premier League clubs to elect their head who automatically becomes the third vice president on the FUFA Executive Committee.

Candidates speak out

After his initial failed bid to be nominated last Friday, Kasule castigated the Electoral Committee upon alleged sabotage.

“I was given the rules on Thursday, barely 24 hours to the nomination exercise. How can one expect me to solicit for the candidates especially those upcountry. Once I am not nominated, I will seek legal address,” Kasule told the media.

His counterpart Magogo promised to ensure continuity of the good programmes and firm foundation laid.

He vowed to clean the dirt where things have gone amess for the previous four years.

“I will not preempt my manifesto because there is a specific time I have planned to officially launch it before the honourable delegates. I will continue with the good programmes who have worked on since 2013 and clean up where things have not gone as planned,” Magogo noted.

A total of 88 delegates from the 32 FUFA Member Associations shall convene at Masindi Resort Hotel for the 93rd time since 1924 since the federation was founded.

These delegates come from Coaches’ body, Players, Youth, Beach Soccer, FUFA Big League, Uganda Premier League, Women, FUFA Women Elite League and the 8 FUFA Regional Associations.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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