By Baron Kironde
On Saturday, May 15, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) conducted elections to pick the person who represents Uganda Premier League (UPL) and FUFA Big League (FBL) clubs on the federation’s executive committee.
Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi stood unopposed for the spot and predictably retained her position as the FUFA third Vice President for the period 2021-2025.
Only three UPL clubs (Villa, Express, and URA) were represented, as up to 13 were absent, citing various reasons ranging from miscommunication to disrespect.
For starters, the notice calling off the elective congregation was shared on Friday, and a change of venue was communicated later in the day at 5:40 PM, not even 24 hours before the Saturday morning election date.
Hassan Lule, the Wakiso Giants chairman says he made it to FUFA House – Mengo but did not participate because he was late.
“I made an effort to reach on time, but the voting had already taken place, and within 30 minutes after 10:00 AM, the elections were done,” Lule narrated to Football 256, blaming FUFA for issuing out short and inconvenient notice.
“We are not club chairmen because we are idle. We have other businesses to take care of,” Lule expressed his frustration further, arguing that things have got to be done professionally like FUFA always emphasizes.
“First of all, the elections were just a formality. If elections are to happen, give people time, let the candidates convince the voters,” he added.
Wakiso Giants patron Musa ‘Atagenda’ Ssebulime, like his chairman, feels that the federation greatly undermines clubs.
“Some people just want to sit in Mengo and decide for us all, because how do you expect someone to honour without fail an invitation notice of fewer than 24 hours?” Ssebulime pondered before stating that he would not even attend a voting function where the winner has been decided.
Police FC chairman Asan Kasingye told this website that he did not vote for his club’s representative to FUFA because he could not attend an event that he was not invited to.
“This election thing is news to me. I never got the invitation, otherwise, I would have loved to go and vote,” Kasingye told Football256.
Not to differ so much from Kasingye, Diana Nyago, the Busoga United chairperson says she was infuriated by the whole arrangement.
“In whose interest can only three out of 16 clubs elect a representative for the remaining thirteen? That is impunity,” Nyago strongly stressed her concern.
She raged on; “It is clear they ring-fenced the position for a particular person but no one owns football in this country.”
Nyago says she and other club chairmen are keeping a close watch over the federation to see how far they can go with their preferential treatment towards members.
Ronnie Mutebi, the Bright Stars chairman does not dispute Nakiwala’s representation of his club among others, but advised accordingly;
“Our representative Nakiwala has a very big task to unite all the clubs that have long been divided to be ruled by the federation.”
“She should now tell us her programs because she never asked us to vote for her, so she never explained what she was going to do for us,” Mutebi said.
“And besides, clubs are now too busy closing in on their season targets to engage in a sham election,” he added.
Efforts by this writer to reach Onduparaka Chairman Benjamin Nyakuni – who has also been rumoured to eye the FUFA presidential seat were futile as he did not respond to calls or messages.