Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president and SC Villa staunch supporter Moses Magogo has denounced being summoned by the NRM and Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa over Medard Lubega Ssegona.
On Monday, Football256 reported that Magogo who is also an NRM and Budiope East legislator along with Villa interim committee head William Nkemba had been called for questioning over Ssegona’s presidential interest.
Ssegona is running as Villa President against Dennis Mbidde Ssebugwawo, but the former’s aspirations for the office have raised eyebrows among NRM senior members.
He is an opposition bigwig and a big enchilada in the main opposition party, the National Unity Platform (NUP), and Tayebwa allegedly feels he is plotting to use the club for support and mobilization against the NRM.
“Sports Club Villa belongs to its subscribed members. No summons neither directives have been issued to me,” the statement started.
“Many persons inclusive of the past and present players, coaches, founders, administrators, fans, staff, sponsors have contributed to get to this stage and their efforts can only be rewarded by conclusion of the electoral process in a decent manner.”
“Whereas elections are the best way to determine the decision of many people, they may break or make a society,” he cautioned.
The election is slated for August 28, 2021 and although questions have been raised over the electoral commission’s independence, Magogo expressed his confidence in it.
“I am however very certain that we have selected a very competent and uncompromisable chairman, Robert Kiggundu and the members that compose VEC. It is now our duty as fans to support them to execute their duties with integrity and honour.”
“It is the duty of the candidates to propose to the voters the programs that they will undertake for Sports Club Villa once given our mandate. The politics of undermining any person, and uncalled for propaganda should not be entertained,” he added.
He went ahead to quote Article 4 of the FIFA Statutes, Article 3 of the FUFA Statutes and Article 4 of the Sports Club Villa Statutes that promote inclusive elections.
Discrimination of any kind against a Country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, sex, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth, sexual orientation or any other status, or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion and/or disciplinary measures.
“It is therefore very wrong for any person to propagate any sentiments of discrimination against any member of Sports Club Villa. Sports Club Villa is a club for all that support it irrespective of their individual affiliations,” added Magogo.
“No person nor institution has summoned or directed myself nor Eng. William Nkemba to support or de-campaign any of the candidates for the Presidency of Sports Club Villa,” he asserted.
Magogo’s name has time and again been in the mix with key decisions at Villa Park including doggy transfers despite being the head of Football in the country.
About whether the summoning happened or not is a story of its own, a huge section of the Villa faithful is still unsure about the transparency of the election as it will be scientific.