Proline FC director Mujib Kasule has pulled out of the race for the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) presidential race.
Kasule was one of the three candidates that had picked nomination forms for the FUFA top office on Tuesday including incumbent president Moses Magogo.
The nomination process for FUFA presidency started on Monday and was meant to run for 48 hours before forms were to be returned by end of business on Wednesday.
Kasule described the process as a circus, and one that does not allow for an inclusive election process since it is meant to lock out other potential candidates.
Speaking during a press conference in Wandegeya on Wednesday morning, Kasule said that he could not complete the requirements needed for nomination which eventually marked the end of his race.
“Today, I did not return my nomination forms as expected because of the frustration in satisfying the nomination reuirements needed,” Kasule told media before adding; “This whole process is just a circus.”
“This administration (FUFA) and the incumbent do not allow the virtues of fair play, and they not follow the standard regulations when it comes to nomination.”
“The system was meant to frustrate any potential candidates, it was set up to protect the incumbent, it was set up to ensure that he went through unopposed.”
Kasule explained: “For any candidate to be nominated, you need people who nominate you in the following categories; one of the eight FUFA regions, a chairman and a CEO from one of the professional clubs (UPL and FUFA Big League).”
“You also need a chairman and a CEO from the eight interest groups including the coaches association, players association, beach soccer, futsal, women football, referees’ association and youth football.”
“What happened, the eight regional chairmen were all made to sign on forms that made them believe that they were nominating the incumbent and this was done way back in April before the nomination started.”
“The chairmen of the interest groups were also made to sign similar documents, meaning that when they had signed for him (Magogo), they could not nominate anyone else as per rules.”
“The other avenue through the regional CEOs who are paid by FUFA could not sign for anyone who stands against their boss.”
“The nomination process should never be meant to lock people out. It must give an opportunity to football people to choose the best candidate,” Kasule continued.
“The nomination process should allow people who have the minimum requirements to go through that process and have an inclusive election according to the constitution.”
“So in reality, the nomination process was closed in April. We tried but it was always a dead end.”
“Fortunately, we have the information and have gathered all the evidence that these people were made to sign for the incumbent way before the nomination was opened on Monday,” he stated.
The former KCCA and Uganda Cranes player, and a former FUFA vice-president under Dr Lawrence Mulindwa also showed interest to run for the office in 2017, before he was bitterly locked out of the system.
Kasule officially announced his presidential bid in April. However, he did not reveal his next course of action after his failed nomination.