The SC Villa Presidential election is gathering more attention and heat as it goes down between Busiro County legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona and Dennis Mbidde Ssebugwawo.
Even though both contestants are yet to lay their documented manifestos, they have shared views in the media about what they intend to bring to the Villa table.
Mbidde has labelled his opponent an enemy of the club whose political affiliations will not allow him lobby for money from government.
“If you decide to give our club to the opposition, it clearly means you have painted it ‘opposition.’ Express FC was banned in 1977 for indulging in politics, so, we do not want a repeat of such,” he said while unveiling his executive.
“President Museveni has previously given us three buses. We all dream of having a home but, who has the USD 5million needed? It is Museveni, but, can he give that money to an opposition member?”
However, whereas getting government aid is okay, should it be the main strategy of raising money to run a football club, especially in the Covid era?
It is rather baffling a presidential contestant chooses to use this instead of laying strategies of how the team will gather deals, sponsorships and partnerships that will generate independent money sources.
A Villa faithful is left with unanswered questions; for how many years has the government supported the club? How much progress has it made since?
If government intends to lay a hand to the club, shouldn’t it come as sheer bonus than assuming Villa’s biggest projects including having a home will stem from government support?
If government wishes a community club progress, why should an NRM, NUP, Democratic Party head matter?
How many clubs have governments funded over the continent? Or, we should assume the NRM reserves special packages to the Jogoo but the rest.
In the road to renaissance, a club of Villa’s stature should be financially independent, regardless of government hand or not. You only have to benchmark Yanga FC, Simba, Gor Mahia’s journey for the kind of financial muscle they boast.