FUFA President Moses Magogo has disclosed that the National Council of Sports (NCS) took a sum of UGX. 1.5 billion shillings off the 10 billion meant for FUFA, from the country’s annual budget, in the last financial year.
Magogo made the revelation on this week while appearing before an adhoc select committee that is inquiring into the activities of the National Council of Sports (NCS).
“When the money was received it was held by NCS without any kind of information and communication,” Magogo said before adding.
“This made us face a lot of challenges while putting teams out there to compete. This was the period when we had the female national team at AFCON.”
“We were expecting money from NCS for the last quarter and incidentally we realized that the money had been paid by the ministry of finance and nothing had been extended to FUFA.”
“When we raised questions eventually we got the information that finance had paid the money to zero balance for what was meant to be for sports,” he added.
The Budiope East Member of Parliament also made it public knowledge that NCS General Secretary Patrick Ogwel claimed that the money had been used to support the teams in the Commonwealth Games.
“According to Mr. Ogwel, this money had also been used for the Commonwealth Games and so in the negotiations eventually, 1.5 billion could not be raised.”
“The NCS said that it has been used in the preparations for the Commonwealth yet the money for the Commonwealth had also been provided for,” Magogo further revealed.
The Sports Budget was 18 billion shillings and FUFA was supposed to take the lion’s share of 10 billion shillings but instead, FUFA received 8.5 billion.
A separate budget for the Commonwealth Games was 7.1 billion and according to Magogo, that money was also received by NCS.
In Birmingham at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Uganda finished 16th having won five medals, three gold, and two bronze.
Whereas, at the 2022 Women’s AFCON in Morocco the Crested Cranes were eliminated at the group stage level.