Friday May 19 2017

Mulindwa concedes as delegates’ assembly takes shape



Former Fufa publicist Rogers Mulindwa will not be in the General Assembly that will choose the next federation president come August.

Mulindwa was defeated as the eight Fufa regions went to polls to pick their representatives yesterday.
Standing in Zone 2 of Buganda region, Mulindwa got 11 votes, losing to Sulait Makumbi who had 15 delegates pick him in a calm process held at Fufa House, Mengo.

“I am convinced that the election was free and fair. The electoral committee was transparent and listened to our grievances. I commend them for that,” a magnanimous Mulindwa told Daily Monitor.

“People have made the choices they wanted. I think I have not been active (lately) because I have put a lot of time into politics,” the Luweero delegate, also NRM communications officer, added.

Mulindwa will remain a representative in the Buganda regional assembly where he vowed to “represent the views of the 11 who voted (him) and work for the development of the game” as he has always done.

“Football doesn’t start and stop at national level. Strong regional assemblies help the game a lot and I will be part of that process,” Mulindwa explained.

Makumbi joined Joseph Mwanje (unopposed) Hajj Abbas Sekabira, Sam Mpiima and Stephen Ssemutono who went through as Buganda delegates.

Unlike him, Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana claimed the reason he lost the Kampala Delegates’ poll to Fufa executive committee Darius Mugoye was a rule change that saw only 15 of the 24 clubs allowed to vote. Mugoye got 14 while Ssewanyana managed only one vote.

Nine clubs, some of which were either relegated from the Kampala region or Fufa Big Leagues, were blocked from voting as they ceased being members of the assembly upon the completion of the 2016/17 season.

“I stood to expose the inadequacies of the process. Why did they stop clubs that spent money the entire season to vote?” Ssewanyana said. Besides Ssewanyana, the other five Kampala representatives sailed through unchallenged. Among them is Fufa president Moses Magogo (Rubaga), Hamid Juma (Nakawa) Sande Moni Muyanja (Kampala Central), Robert Sserunjogi (Kawempe) and Haruna Tamale (Makindye).

There are further elections slated for regional delegates from Eastern (today) while Northern, Western and Kitara will vote tomorrow.

However, West Nile will hold their regional elective assembly today in Yumbe district to endorse their six unopposed delegates. There will further elections to pick delegates for the Special Interest Groups such as women, beach soccer, schools, referees, Big League, Uganda Premier League next month before the candidates for the Fufa president are confirmed on June 5, exactly two months prior to voting day.