The Villa Board of Trustees under the leadership of Gerald Ssendawula has come out to request for more time from the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) that will be geared towards organizing successful Executive Board elections.
In a press conference held by the Trustees on Saturday, October 2, at the City Oil headquarters in Kamwokya, they appealed to the football governing body to grant them enough time to conduct an irregularity-free election process.
“We have to get done with registration of the members,” said the trustees chairman Gerald Ssendawula.
He added: “And this can not happen in three or four weeks, so we sat down and agreed that three months will be enough to have a successful election.”
Ssendawula was in the company of other trustee members, Gayi Kawuma, William Nkemba, Franko Mugabe and Macdusman Kabega.
Nkemba, the Trustees Secretary added: “The three months are for harmonizing the registration process. An election should have a cut-off point and you have to be aware of the electorate.”
“So many issues and more anomalies regarding the registration were brought up in the run up for the suspended elections and we do not want a repeat of such.”
“There is also a need to harmonize the governance documents of the club to rhyme with the Trustee deed which is the registered and recognized legal document,” Nkemba added.
Ssendawula warned: “Now, all Villa supporters are encouraged to register and get Villa Membership Trust (VMT) numbers to be able to vote and also register to join the Congress.”
“So, following the directive issued by FUFA last evening, we want to let them know we need more time to have the voters, we need to know who qualifies and who does not,” he added.
This development comes as a response to a FUFA letter dated October 1, 2021, and signed by the federation Deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza that provided an ultimatum of October 23 for the club to host the elections or risk a takeover of the process by the FUFA Electoral Committee.
“FUFA directs that the club conducts elections for the executive body by the 23rd October 2021,” the Federation ordered.
“In accordance with Article 27 of the Sports Club Villa statutes and articles 1 and 2, the FUFA Electoral Code shall be evoked and consequently the FUFA Electoral Committee shall organize the elections of the Executive Board of the club.”
Furthermore, Ssendawula and the Trustees cleared while at the presser that they harboured no interest in Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) compensation money to the facility of Villa Park as had been alleged by sections of the media.
“It is not true that we are interested in the compensation money because it is not anyone’s money, it belongs to Villa and whoever will be around when it comes will be tasked to show its accountability,” Ssendawula said.
The much anticipated Villa Presidential election, which had earlier seen two bigwigs, Medard Lubega Ssegona and Dennis Mbidde Ssebugwawo prepare to tussle for the most prized seat at Uganda’s most successful football club remains characterized by uncertainty.