Fufa Issues Strict Guidlines for Clubs, Players Ahead of New Season

FUFA Boss Moses Magogo

Battle lines have been drawn between Amama Mbabazi and the government of President Museveni with the presidential hopeful telling off the Inspector General of Police, diagnosis Gen Kale Kayihura that he does not have the mandate to stop his 2016 campaign activities, healing Chimp Corps report.

“I see the IGP writing to me that I am not cleared. He has no authority to clear me or not to clear me,” charged Mbabazi in reference to Gen Kayihura’s letter that the former Prime Minister is not permitted to hold district consultations as planned.

Appearing on the popular Voice of America (VoA) show on Wednesday night Mbabazi said, “The problem is not the law. The problem is the consistent breaching of the law by the police.”

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The television talk show host, Shaka Ssali had earlier told Mbabazi that he was the “champion and perhaps the salesman of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) which seems to be haunting you now.”

Mbabazi explained that POMA “was an Act that was necessitated by the decision of Constitutional Court, which struck out provisions that gave police powers to permit assemblies, demonstrations or not to permit.”

He added: “Court ruled these were unconstitutional. However, it ruled that it was important to have a law which would regulate management of those freedoms being exercised by the people.  It does not give police any powers to stop or do anything of the kind.”

Mbabazi last week wrote to Gen Kayihura and the Electoral Commission, saying his meetings at the district level would commence in July in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act.

Mbabazi, who introduced himself to Gen Kayihura as an “aspiring candidate for president for the 2016 elections,” said he would conduct nation-wide consultations to prepare my nominations.”

After consultations, Gen Kayihura responded: “Your programme of public meetings is not cleared by police and cannot go ahead as you intended until, as requested by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you first harmonise the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party- the NRM.”

The police boss said he based his decision to block Mbabazi’s meetings on contents of three correspondences from the Electoral Commission, Attorney General and NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba.

The ruling party’s Secretary General, Lumumba, told Kayihura that, “Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for president as an NRM flag-bearer is not only speculative but also illegal.”

She added: “Hon Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag-bearer of the NRM political organisation and /or presidential aspirant under the PEA.”

Appearing on the American channel yesterday, Mbabazi said, “Our rules require that to be nominated, there must be at least 100 registered voters sponsoring you from at least two thirds of the constituencies of Uganda. To stop me is obviously is to act in breach of law,” he added.

Observers say should Mbabazi proceed with the meetings, he could be arrested as police have previously done with opposition leaders, Kizza Besigye, Norbert Mao, Nandala Mafabi among others.


Asked by Shaka why he thought he was “really the best man for the job given accusations of corruption… and mismanagement of responsibility,” Mbabazi responded: “All the corruption allegations were cleared by all manner of investigations; they were false. It’s time for change. I am offering myself to lead that process, from the old generation to the new generation and no one is better suited than me in light of my experience.”

The show was also graced by former US Secretary of State for African Affairs, Herman Cohen who said time was ripe for President Museveni to retire and tend to his cattle.

At the beginning of the show, Mbabazi and Shaka exchanged pleasantries. It appears Shaka intended to open up to viewers about his personal friendship with Mbabazi.

He described the show as “historic”, before reminding Mbabazi of how they went to the same schools in Kigezi and later had a life-changing conversation during a bus ride.

While Mbabazi pursued a law course at the university, Shaka chose to join the army where he became a paratrooper.

Term limits

He asked Mbabazi to share his thoughts on the crisis of term limits in Africa. Shaka said majority of Africans support presidential term limits but that leaders are not interested in respecting the Constitution.

Mbabazi admitted that he was among the chief proponents of ‘no term limits’ and that the reasons “were strong and are still strong.”

The traced the roots of Africa’s conflicts, right from slave trade through resistance struggles against colonialism to post-independence wars; an era he said was characterized by poor leadership.

He said the leaders at the time chose to make alliances with the oppressors instead of fighting colonialism and slave trade.

“So the argument that when you get good leaders, you should not just get rid of them like that is not a weak argument in context of that history,” said Mbabazi, who championed Parliament’s removal of presidential term limits from the Constitution in 2005.

“However, on the other hand, normally leaders who become strong come from a background of almost oblivion. They are not known until they come up and become great leaders. If you came out of nowhere and became a great a leader, why on earth would you imagine that someone else will not come in similar circumstances and become a great leader?” he wondered.


While Mbabazi admitted that President Museveni has “done us a great job” and “led us very well in war,” he said a time has come for change.

“My position, very clearly, which I have discussed with the president and written to him, is that there comes a time for change. We have done a lot of things, reached a level which is acknowledged by the whole world – a level that was not expected of Uganda. It’s a time to move a notch higher,” he added.

Mbabazi refused the title of ‘former comrade’ of president Museveni, saying “I don’t think I am a former comrade, our friendship has endured in war, exile, government… I think it can still endure.”

He, for the first time, revealed that some people have approached him over his decision to stand for president

“Some of my colleagues say the position I have taken is not proper. That it is almost treacherous. I don’t agree, absolutely. A friend is not one who tells the other what that other person wants to hear but rather what he ought to hear – what one should learn,” he added.

He also probed the concept of democracy rotating around ‘choice.’

Mbabazi said a scrutiny of events in Africa raises queries on whether there is ‘choice.’

“If the state machinery is used to suppress competition; if the state machinery is used, say in circumstances of ours where people are poor and awareness levels are not advanced, you see that choice is a farce,” said Mbabazi.

He revealed that, “Since I made a declaration to be a candidate, a lot of things have happened, my supporters have been arrested. Their crime is supporting Amama Mbabazi or being in possession of posters and t-shirts with my picture. I did discuss this with president and he instructed police to stop but it continues up to today.”

He expressed hope that the arrests of his supporters would be resolved amicably.

“My appeal to Uganda is that we should introduce a certain level of decency. We should have clear rules that affect everyone. I have support; I am acting in accordance with the law.”

Rwakakamba stings Mbabazi

The Presidential advisor for research and media, Morrison Rwakakamba who is undertaking a course at Harvard University in United States, made a call that saw Mbabazi lose his temper.

Rwakakamba queried that Mbabazi has been government’s chief of operations operating at tactical levels as Prime Minister and that his terms of reference were aimed at deepening government  efficiency.

Rwakakamba said the president only dealt with strategic issues, leaving the tactical issues that needed implementation to Mbabazi. He wondered what Mbabazi would do differently that he didn’t while in the system.

The presidential aide also probed Mbabazi’s motivations since the former premier’s 8-point programme in his presidential declaration has items already catered for in Uganda’s national development plans.

Shaka Ssali also weighed in defence of Rwakakamba, saying, in fact, contrary to what Mbabazi thinks, some people believe “you are not God’s gift to democracy, you have been around.”

A visibly angered Mbabazi fired back at Rwakakamba, saying, “He is an employee and supporter of the president.”

Shaka probed deeper, saying Rwakakamba had grounds to ask Mbabazi since the presidential aide belongs to the NRM party.

But Mbabazi said there was a difference between “being an employee of the president and belonging to NRM.”

Mbabazi first insisted he did not have time to respond to the question and that perhaps that was “not the appropriate place” until Shaka responded sarcastically, “you don’t have time? Okay….”

Perhaps realising that the programme was being viewed by people across the world, Mbabazi noted: “I said in my statement that in coming days, I will come up with my policies on these issues.”

In summary, Mbabazi said, his presidency will cater for better governance since he has been in government and fully appreciates its weaknesses.

Mbabazi said he was aware of “why I was not able to do certain things” but would work towards improved economic performance and better quality of life.
Part of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ legacy can now be seen in Northern Uganda. Earlier this year the multicolored thermoplastic membranes developed by Dow to “wrap” the Olympic Stadium were installed at the Patongo Vocational Centre, treat Northern Uganda.

The centre is run by a local NGO, visit this Passion for Community in partnership with Chance for Childhood it provides vocational training, more about education and sanctuary for former child soldiers and other vulnerable young people affected by conflict and poverty in Northern Uganda.

The colored panels of the Stadium Wrap were made from a fabric coated with Dow polyolefin elastomers. This innovative material was developed by Dow in record time for the London 2012 Olympic Games in order to address the rigorous safety and sustainability requirements of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The Stadium Wrap enabled the completion of the Olympic Stadium construction project as originally planned by architects and assisted with visual signage for the public attending the event.

Speaking during the unveiling, Dow Sub-Saharan Africa Leader Ross McLean said, “With the Olympic Stadium Wrap we bring another example of our unique technology to this dynamic part of the world. Sport is a huge unifier in Africa. It is extremely popular and it has a positive impact on communities; it is a way of communicating and educating. I am very proud that, via this global initiative we have been able to bring a little piece of London to Uganda. It has helped Dow make a difference in the community of Patongo and we will continue doing so.”

Also speaking at the launch, the Speaker of the Parliament of EALA Right Hon. Daniel Kidega, noted “Uganda’s National Anthem was the last one to be played at the 2012 London Olympics games. Receiving a part of that stadium is a great honour not only to Ugandans but to the whole of East Africa which has had great representation and participation at Olympic Games.”

Beyond the Stadium Wrap, Dow also donated soccer balls which the company has developed using new advanced technology which allows the balls to retain their form and shape without pumping air.

“The soccer balls donated today have not been used elsewhere in Africa. They will go a long way in helping the children and the community of Patongo to enjoy soccer, a game that is phenomenally popular in this region,” said McLean. Soccer will also form part of the rehabilitation therapy delivered at the centre.

While receiving the stadium wrap, David Lagen, the Director of Patongo Vocational Center said, “We have already witnessed great impact in the community since the completion of this project. Indeed it has come as good news for the whole community here and it has reignited the role of sports as a powerful tool for community integration.”

Anna-Mai Estrella, Executive Director of Chance for Childhood reported: “It has been fantastic to work with Dow on this project, which illustrates how a multinational company is making a genuine difference by partnering with local communities”.


Local football governing body, pill FUFA, more about has issued new strict club and player registration guidelines to clubs that are expected to participate in the upcoming 2015/16 football season. While releasing the information to the media, the Fufa CEO Mr. Edgar Watson warned that the federation will only and only register those (clubs and players) that will meet the requirements set.

The main objective for the process is to help clubs transform into professional standards.

“Fufa will ensure the process is done thoroughly and comprehensively. Only clubs that have fulfilled the requirements on time will be registered,” Mr. Watson told the media.

The requirements:


All the Clubs in the 5 division league system for the 2014/15 season are eligible to be registered and issued a certificate of registration. This is a one-time registration and most importantly, for the application of the club to be registered, the club owners in percentages of ownership shall be required to be stated.

Only natural and/or legal persons as defined in the laws of the Republic of Uganda shall be accepted as owners of the club.

The club shall also state its location in terms of the FUFA regions.

Any transfer of ownership shall be equally registered and authenticated by FUFA in a procedure defined in the regulations.

The application forms for the club registration are available at FUFA House and at the federation official website.

The deadline for submission of the club registration application forms is 20th July 2015 at 1700 Hours.

A club without a certificate of registration shall not be licenced for the 2015/16 FUFA competitions.


CAF Licensing: CAF is in process of sending club licensing inspector to supervise and teach the clubs on the CAF Licensing requirements and the date shall be communicated.

FUFA Licensing: The FUFA Regulations of club licensing requires amongst others the following minimum requirements:

(i) Certificate of registration

(ii) U-17 team to participate in the FUFA Juniors League

(iii) A coach with a minimum of CAF B certification or equivalent as rated by CAF. The coaches who hold qualifications from other confederations must submit their documents for onward transmission to CAF to determine the equivalence of certification

(iv) The Club Chief Executive Officer who holds the FUFA certificate In club management. FUFA will hold a privately sponsored course for the award of the FUFA certificate in club management at a date and venue to be confirmed in early July 2015 Clubs that do not fulfill the above minimum  requirements shall not be issued with a licence to participate in the 2015/16 Azam Uganda Premier League.


The FUFA Executive Committee has also regulated that only players holding national passports issued by the Government of Uganda or respective Government authority for foreign players shall be issued with licences for FUFA competitions for the 2015/16 season.

It is therefore paramount for the clubs and players who do not already hold national passports but intend to play in the Azam Uganda Premier league and the FUFA Big league to immediately embark on the exercise to acquire national passports.

The player licensing exercise for the primary window will close at 1159 hours on September 21st 2015.


FUFA has also issued guidelines on procedures of contracting players effective 1st July 2015 when the FUFA Primary player transfer and registration window opens.

The formatting and wording of the contracts as designed by FIFA and FIFPRO has been established and shall be used as the template for the players’ contracts.


FUFA is aware that these changes will bring long temporary inconveniences but are aimed at professionalizing the premium competitions.


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