Thursday April 24 2014

Police intervene in Fufa chaos

Walusimbi displays a document to a police

Walusimbi displays a document to a police officer. PHOTO: A. BABIRYE  

KAMPALA-A group from Uganda Footballers Association (UFA) yesterday stormed Fufa House in Mengo with the view of holding a press conference at the local game’s headquarters.

The group, led by 2005 league top scorer, Dan Walusimbi, was, however, barred from accessing the press conference room by police on the orders of the Moses Magogo-led Fufa administration.

This led to a scuffle only resolved by Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye, who advised the group to inform the police first before undertaking any more activities at the venue. According to Walusimbi, the new regulations introduced by the Education and Sports Ministry outlaw Fufa Limited (one of two forms under which the Magogo-led Fufa exists) with immediate effect.

“The Attorney General, Solicitor General as well the Sports Minister all say Fufa Limited is illegal, then why are they still in office?” he asked. The new National Council of Sports Regulations for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, outlaw national federations from incorporating as limited companies.

All federations, however, have up to early December to have met demands of the new regulations. Fufa spokesman Ahmed Hussein, who maintained a calm presence throughout the melee, said the group had no authority to hold a press conference. “They are football people but they have no grounds to come here and make such demands. They claim to have authority from the minister but have no documents to prove it,” he explained.