Fufa-USL must publicise meetings as opposed to deals behind curtains
Posted Saturday, October 12 2013 at 01:00
Anyone who has cared to follow matters of local football would know that at the core of the unrelenting conflict between USL and FUFA lies not a healthy divergence of views, but an entirely rotten egocentric scuffle between men who desire to be the dominant force in the football arena.
It therefore would be illogical for us to assume that this conflict would come to an end unless one of the parties was over run. In fact I imagined that as a major influence in this conflict the end of Lawrence Mulindwa’s reign would starve this personal battle of the wits and ego needed to sustain it. Well Mulindwa left but if the rumours are true the truce that might soon be arrived at owes its existence to a completely different matter.
Apparently an imminent new law governing Sports Administration and one that would render the current set up irrelevant seems to have triggered a survival instinct in both the USL and the new FUFA Administration. As a result it is being whispered that the two are very close to reaching an ‘agreement’.
If this comes to pass the new Administration would have in 2 months generated the kind political capital the old Administration miserably failed to do in 8 years. Similarly an end to all stalemates will appease USL and its corporate partners. It might be that we are about to arrive at a win-win solution for both belligerents.
However we cannot assume that everyone will be tickled by this new arrangement.
No single conflict resolution carries universal appeal. Word has it that Lawrence Mulindwa whose indirect influence in the new Administration is still a force to reckon with has taken sides with this particular group. Those propping up these stories claim Mulindwa’s is haunted by ghosts that tell him a successful resolution of matters now would carry the shine from his regime and bestow it upon that of his successor.
So as the ‘negotiations’ continue it appears matters of old wine, new bottles and the politics of legacies might further complicate the matters between USL and FUFA. This is why I believe both parties are better off publicising proceedings as opposed to cutting deals behind dark curtains.
If the public does buy into any solution being cooked right now no amount of dark machinations will stop the momentum of an agreement to end all feuds and carry football forward. Stories about big brown envelopes changing hands under the table might be baseless but rumours are what come up to fill the vacuum created by the absence of good communication.
This is not to suggest that a national referendum be called to address the matter but a good communication plan in which digestible chunks of info are fed to the public at appropriate times would be ideal in creating a public sense of belonging to whatever the solution will be.
The last thing the two parties would want is for the fires of an ignorant public to be fanned by whoever doesn’t stand to gain from a truce. I honestly believe that a public especially one that had no input in the matters that brought this conflict forth doesn’t deserve to be insulted any further than it already has. So please.