By Joyce Namutebi
PARLIAMENT has started consideration of a petition by a section of Ugandan football stakeholders where they are calling on government to suspend all dealings with FUFA Limited.
Parliament’s education committee on Wednesday met a team led by Uganda Footballers’ Association (UFA) president, Dan Walusimbi who told MPs that they “are aware about the illegalities of a private company (FUFA Ltd) to operate as our national football association.”
He said this has “caused turmoil in the football industry leading to football degenerating to its lowest ever at the cost of footballers’ careers.”
They presented to the MPs a file containing documents supporting their case.
The petition was presented to Parliament by MP, Patrick Nsanja (Ntenjeru South) in May 2013. Nsanja is also captain of the Uganda Parliamentary Football Team.
The petitioners said they had been affected by “the purported incorporation of a limited liability company to undertake the official functions of FUFA.”
They further said they were affected by national Council of Sports decision to act as a guarantor of FUFA Ltd as well as the continued use of FUFA House by the company.
They prayed that FUFA Ltd be investigated over what they called “fraudulent receipt of money without authorisation”.
Walusimbi said they petitioned Parliament to get justice so as to give chance to their careers and the game.
When contacted yesterday FUFA President Moses Magogo who as president is director in FUFA Ltd, said they had not broken any law.
“We have not committed any offence in the law.”
He said, “If a matter is before Parliament and there has been a hearing of one party, under the laws of natural justice, there should be a hearing of the other party.”
Magogo said that when they are given a chance they will give their side of the story. “We are still waiting for that opportunity when Parliament calls us,” he said.
The committee is yet to hear from other witnesses.