Mike Mutyaba (in white) during the peaceful demonstration at FUFA House in Kampala

Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba is not new to the faces of many Ugandans after a recent announcement from football a couple of months ago.

Mutyaba, a former Uganda Cranes forward who also featured at top tier clubs Express, Vipers, and recently KCCA, was beaten up and arrested before he was released after a non-violent demonstration at the headquarters of football in Uganda, FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala.

The former El Merriekh and TP Mazembe star player was beaten up at FUFA House by security officers as he demonstrated peacefully against the administration of the current FUFA President Moses Magogo.

“I am fighting for the rights of football players. I will continue to raise this voice. I am not intimidated by anybody. Football needs to win,” Mutyaba who was accompanied by a group of individuals told Kawowo Sports.

They carried placards with different messages of grief, agony, plight, and Mutyaba himself had a message directly targeted to the person of the FUFA President; “Magogo Must Resign”.

Mutyaba was beaten up with canes, his head kicked and later arrested by police officers and driven to Old Kampala Police post before he was released without any charges.

Mike SulaimanMutyaba shows the back after he was caned by security officers
How Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba was treated after demonstrating in front of FUFA House (Credit: Urban Television)

“We are fighting for the rights of football. Is this how Magogo has paid me back. This is not right.” Mutyaba stammered as he shed tears.

For the past fortnight, Mutyaba had wedged a serious battle against the current FUFA leadership under Magogo calling for proper accountability of funds especially those worked for by the players.

He has repeatedly hinted on the allowances for Uganda Cranes players while on national team duty, the monthly stipends from Government, and other monies due to the players from tournaments like the FUFA Drum, among others.

Mike Sulaiman Mutyaba aboard a Police pick up car

In his latest address with the media at Jevine Hotel in Lubaga, Magogo called for sanity as he tasked people who call for FUFA’s accountability to seek the proper channels.

Over the past years, FUFA’s leadership has been questioned by some retired footballers for varying grievances.

Long serving former Uganda Cranes captain George Ssimwogerere, Dan Walusimbi, Dan Ntale, Gibby Kalule, Phillip Obwiny, Dan Mubiru and others are some of the former players who have come up to question the administration of FUFA.

FUFA is yet to make a statement regarding Mutyaba’s demonstration in front of their premises.

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

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