By Allan Damba
The FUFA Electoral Committee has declared incumbent Moses Hashim Magogo as the lone candidate for the forthcoming FUFA Presidential elections due for August 2021.
The Committee Chairman Mathias Bwire announced at FUFA House in Mengo on Monday afternoon.
“After making the announcement calling for interested persons, three candidates picked the nomination papers to fill in the requirements and their seconders,” Bwire told media.
“The only candidate that brought back a fully-filled nomination form with seconders is Engineer Moses Hashim Magogo.”
“By the powers entrusted to us as FUFA’s Electoral Committee, we declare that it is only Moses Magogo who fulfilled the requirements.”
“His name will appear on the list of the document we shall give to the FUFA General Assembly,” Bwire declared.
It should be noted that three candidates had initially shown interest in the office, but the other two pulled out citing irregularities within the election organizers.
Proline proprietor Mujib Kasule was the first to withdraw describing the electoral process as a ‘sham’ whose requirements only favoured the incumbent.
Later on, Katwe United chairman Allan Ssewanyana who had asked for more time to submit the complete forms ended up pulling out after failing to comply with the electoral regulations.
He asked to be nominated outside the regulations designed in the FUFA Elections Act that those entailed in the code could hardly be met if one is not the incumbent, something that left Magogo as the only one fit for the job.
“One of the candidates came back to the committee and requested for more time asking for five more days to bring a fully finished form,” Bwire explained.
“Unfortunately, after the five days the candidate did not bring back the forms but he instead brought a document of the complaint. He requested to be nominated without following the rules and regulations of the electoral committee,” the FUFA EC chairman added.
This left the Budiope East Member of Parliament in the lone race. In 2017, he as well ran as a sole candidate for his current term.
The 44-year-old assumed office in 2013 succeeding Dr Lawrence Mulindwa. Each term for the presidency is four years and his next will make it three extending his stay to 12 years.