FUFA Elections: Is the Appeals Committee playing hide and seek with Mujib Kasule?

By Allan Damba

Proline FC director Mujib Kasule may never get a hearing he desires if he is lucky to get one in his petition against the FUFA presidential nomination procedure and the election process.

Kasule initially contested against several issues he termed unfair whose only purpose was to ensure the incumbent is unopposed.

He highlighted issues including unrealistic time allocated to fulfil nomination requirements, FUFA employees working as nominators and two sets of delegates operating unconstitutionally.

Among others were inconsistency in the FUFA statutes and FUFA electoral code, interference in the elections of member bodies and integrity check of the contestants.

Upon submitting, the FUFA Electoral Appeals Committee guided him to petition the FUFA Electoral Committee whose decision only denounced his plea to the displeasure of Kasule.

On June 15th, 2021, he re-petitioned to the Appeals Committee referenced; “Petition against the decision of the electoral committee on nomination procedure and the entire election process.”

In a June 21st, 2021 letter from the Appeals Committee signed by its chairman Yusuf Awuye to Kasule, the former accepted receipt of the petition and as well agreed to reschedule the meeting that was meant for the same day.

“FUFA Electoral Appeals Committee(herein referred to as ‘committee’) acknowledged receipt of your amended appeal filed via email on 16th June 2021,” read part of the letter.

“Please be informed that the members of the FUFA Appeals Committee had earlier on scheduled to meet today, Monday, June 21st, 2021 at Electoral Committee offices in Mengo to deliberate and determine the appeal.”

“However, due to complete national lockdown as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19, the members were unable to meet and make a decision within the prescribed time,” added the letter.

“Accordingly, the committee is in the process of organizing a virtual meeting and a decision will be communicated thereafter.”

It was almost a month later that the Appeals Committee communicated to him after endless reminders.

“Please note, it appears the Electoral Appeals Committee webmail had technical issues that it couldn’t send mails and the technical people were unable to solve it due to Covid-19 national lockdown,” a July 15th 2021 email read.

“Further note that some members had problems accessing the virtual meeting but this was solved and a meeting was held and a decision will be communicated once the committee delivers,” they noted.

With days ticking towards the August elections where incumbent Moses Magogo is the sole candidate, one wonders when a decision will be put to Kasule’s table, that is, if the virtual meeting was held.

The curious questions linger; if the meeting was held, will there ever be a fair decision? If by miracle the decision goes the petitioner’s way, will the elections be halted and postponed?

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