Rename Fufa House after Magogo - official

Monday October 19 2020

Magogo at the weekend’s AGM. PHOTO | JOHN BATANUDDE

By Elvis Senono

Moses Magogo was on Saturday drawn into rejecting a proposal by a Fufa delegate seeking to have Fufa House renamed after him.
The proposal by Buganda delegate Hassan Kavuma, during Fufa’s 96th assembly in Kampala on Saturday, comes with several member associations at the local football governing body increasingly becoming suited clappers.
Some of the excited delegates, who these days are physically smarter than those famously described close to 30 years ago by then Sports minister Amanya Mushega as “potato growers,” last month saw the North East Region FA unanimously endorse Magogo as unopposed for re-election next year.
Magogo, now into his final year of his second term as Fufa president, politely turned down the proposal to rename Fufa House, calling for a proper methodology before dishing out such honours.
However, the unmistakable hint was that the aggrandising is only likely to increase basing on the choreographed nature of the assembly.
The three-storey Fufa House, the headquarters of the federation located in Mengo, was financed entirely by Fifa’s Goal Programme and FAP (Financial Assistance Programme).
The $470,000 (Shs1.7b at current exchange rate) building, was launched in May 2003. 
Focus on infrastructure
At the annual meeting of football’s legislative arm, the tone was set by National Council of Sport chairman Don Rukare, representing Sports minister Hamson Obua and Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick, who both offered ringing endorsements of the football body Magogo heads.
“The capacity building programmes at Fufa are commendable. We thank you for the commitment to work with external holders. Sport and tourism are key elements,” Dr Rukare said.
“Government is currently in the process of strengthening its programmes. We need to improve the image of sport.” 
The deliberations thereafter took a familiar scripted path with motions instantly seconded rather than debated in line with recent meetings where there has hardly been any dissenting voice.
Consequently, the 96th general assembly passed a Shs36b budget funded by government, Fifa, sponsors and Caf grants – a Shs2b increase from the previous year.
The assembly also approved several judicial bodies, including the Fed Committee, the Fufa Competitions Disciplinary Panel headed by Deo Mutabazi and Fufa Investigations Chamber headed by Musa Kabega.
Others are the Dispute Resolution Chamber and Appeals Committee while the AGM also approved the Fufa Electoral Committee (2020-2024) headed by Mathias Bwiire ahead of next year’s elections.
The assembly was also given an update about the state of stadiums the federation is constructing as it turns focus to infrastructure development, one of the perennial problems plaguing sport in the country.
“It became important for us to extend the Fufa headquarters, we now not only have the old building but we also have the executive and business houses.
“We are also at the second phase of the Kadiba project after which is about to be completed and after which we’ll have a usable pitch, a 6,000-seater facility. We are also looking at starting work in Lugazi,” Fufa first vice president Justus Mugisha said before an impressive video presentation of progress of works at Kadiba ground in Mengo.