A mockery or a worthwhile venture? Delving into the politics of FUFA’S presidential election

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By Alex Bossa.

The storm that has brewed in the aftermath of the FUFA delegates elections is evidence that the August FUFA presidential elections are nothing but a mockery. With the majority of the delegates returning, the promise to get executive committee membership has pulled a pride of hungry lions out of the bush and pushed the elections towards one direction.

For long, the helm of Ugandan football has been treated as a matter of survival for the fittest with the incumbents getting grip on the hot seat only to be forced to resign. The norm “numbers count” has always been the case with the incumbents having the resources to buy loyalty from the power hungry delegates.

In all fairness, the FUFA general elections should have been held first before the delegates were elected. This gives room for all the contesting delegates to have a chance to select their president than giving room for a few delegates who are enticed with administrative roles.

This levels the ground with the less privileged to have a say at the general elections and eliminates the likelihood of unprofessional enticement by those at the executive.

While speaking on a local radio station after his election as a delegate from Buganda region, Rogers Mulindwa said that it’s only Moses Magogo who has the vision to take the country’s sport forward. Rogers Mulindwa who was a FUFA executive committee member in 2014 is the same person who cited gross mismanagement as the reason as to why he resigned from his position as FUFA spokesperson, a position he had held for 8 years.

In a statement Mulindwa released then, he said, “I have found myself unable to continue serving and defending an administration whose focus seems to differ so much from the foundation and the objectives we laid during Lawrence Mulindwa’s eight-years regime”.

And now the same Mulindwa comes out in 2021 with sweet melodies after being elevated to the executive committee. Of course, you cannot bite the hand that feeds you, but for the good of the game, the country should be put before loyalty.

As a former spokesperson, Mulindwa knows the political game well. The rules have been designed in a way where the incumbent can decide when to stay and when to leave power

First and foremost in a country where there is a scarcity of jobs, why would someone cling on two very demanding jobs? Why can’t we borrow a leaf from the presidential general elections where one has to first resign from his government job before one can contest?.

Children born from a polygamous family can testify that it is not easy for their father to strike a balance between two or more families. Actually, one side of the family will always get bent towards the side of the favorite wife.

Experience has told us that once you serve two masters at once, you are prone to errors which may cost you both masters.

The 2021 FUFA general elections seem to direct us in a similar scenario where two candidates , Mujib Kasule and Allan Ssewanyana, are contesting against incumbent Eng. Moses Magogo. Of the trio, only Mujib is not an honorable elect member of parliament but hey! The rules do not deter any one from standing.

Being a member of parliament requires one to attend weekly parliamentary meetings and once in a while visit the constituency you represent. On the other hand, being a head of the federation requires a daily update of soccer events within the country and the globe.

Of course, one would say there are representatives to whom you can delegate authority but over time, we have come to learn that delegation comes with its own vices such as information distortion across the communication pyramid and unnecessary expenditures.

Going forward, the federation should create a system which promotes FIFA’s vision of fair play both on and off the pitch. The likes of Issa Hayatu had long been shifting goal posts to favour their stay in power but when nature came in calling, there was no time to prepare for his exit.

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