Why Fufa needs to exercise high degree of transparency
Posted Sunday, November 3 2013 at 00:00
The veil of secrecy that Fufa has for donkey’s years draped itself in has to be shredded. We need for the door to be opened ajar. Not just for cash inflows from corporate sponsorships, but also the billions cascading from Fifa’s Swiss accounts.
So, once again Fufa is showing a rather unhealthy proclivity for not subscribing to the niceties of good governance. A million dollar four-year contract with telecom company, Airtel, has pretty much invited journalists to probe into the ledger.
Unfortunately for the journalists, they have gotten, at best, empty rhetoric, and, at worst, scowls.
This has precipitated guesstimates that are, quite frankly, not any bit healthy.
Shameless apologists may be quick to write this submission off as an attempt to nitpick, but I won’t hesitate to urge them to put on the proverbial thinking cap.
The issue of accountability in sport cannot be given a tattered cushion. Not in this day and age! We need nothing but open books.
The forthrightness that your columnist is pining for is three-fold. I would love Fufa to come out and categorically state how much it got from Airtel.
The local football governing body should not just stop at that, but also compartmentalise the money as regards the three spheres (Cranes, Big League and Uganda Cup) it has earmarked for support.
Last but not least, I would also love that Fufa make public how each single cent was expended.
Wishful thinking, huh? Well, I strongly believe that subscribing to such best practices will stand Fufa in good stead, not least in relation to acting as a magnet to other corporate entities obsessed with transparency.
The veil of secrecy that Fufa has for donkey’s years draped itself in has to be shredded.
We need for the door to be opened ajar. Not just for cash inflows from corporate sponsorships, but also the billions cascading from Fifa’s Swiss accounts.
The lame-duck excuse that Fufa accounts to only its assembly has to stop forthwith.
The time has come for all Ugandans to be taken seriously since they are in one way or the other fundamental stakeholders.
If the Moses Magogo-led Fufa doesn’t want to create a legacy that isn’t chequered, it will do well treating issues pertaining to accountability with utmost importance.
There are no two ways about it, the tenet of transparency cannot in anyway be understated.