By Frank Kamuntu
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) is under pressure after various statements have continued to follow Moses Magogo’s regime of leadership, with accusations of mismanagement of public resources since FUFA has been receiving funding from tlcentral Government and has access to other public resources through its various football development projects.
For that matter, city lawyers Muwema and Co. Advocates, Kavuma Kabenge and Friday Roberts Kagoro have petitioned the Auditor General’s office to look into what they term as ‘mismanagement of public resources’ under FUFA and it’s president Moses Magogo.
Muwema and Co. Advocates contend that FUFA’s accountability and audit into the statement of financial accounts and financial reports have remained elusive for public consumption.
These city lawyers have petitioned the Auditor General of the Government of Uganda to commission an audit into the statement of accounts at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations, following Magogo’s financial scandals.
Kabenge and Kagoro have since petitioned the country’s supreme audit office on the basis of the way FUFA under Magogo’s leadership has handled the administration of public funds that they have received and laid no accountability for the same.
They also argue that FUFA has received over Shs100 million in grants from FIFA, CAF and the Government of Uganda drawn from the consolidated fund.
Whereas gate collections, corporate sponsorships and sale of media and TV rights have also been sources of funding.
The petition further asserts that the financial affairs of FUFA have not been handled and conducted with regularity, as there has been a lack of transparency and accountability at FUFA, something which endangers good governance.
“Since 2013 to date, FUFA under the leadership of its president Eng. Moses Magogo has received more than Shs100Bn directly or indirectly to run various football activities both within and outside Uganda,” part of the petition read .
Some of the conducts of irregularity highlighted include; failure to produce financial statements between 2013 – 2015 a period in which it received FIFA, CAF and government grants.
It is also alleged that Magogo took personal benefit from the Airtel sponsorship, through a commission earned by his company called Pearl Sporto.
Lawyers remain with questions about the compensation FUFA received from Egyptian club Pyramids FC for the services of former Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre who received a monthly pay of USD 15,000 from the government.
Since the FUFA President is still serving a two-month suspension for financial impropriety, after he entered a plea bargain following an investigation into the illegal resale of the 2014 World Cup tickets, Kabenge and Co. believe it is the right time for an audit to be effected, such that FUFA’s expenditure can be determined, so as to reach the real accountability.