By close of business on Friday evening only incumbent, pharm Engineer Moses Hashim Magogo had successfully gone through the nomination process for the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) top seat.
With a beehive of activities at the Federation headquarters in Mengo, drama, chaos and unease was the order of the day ahead of the final day of confirming willing candidates.
Magogo’s challenger Mujib Kasule ended the day with his nomination to vie for Presidency still pending after failing to meet the necessary requirements on the electoral committee deadline.
In the series of the activities, first was Radio One/Akaboozi journalist Elly Kyeyune who was allegedly manhandled by Fufa Big League delegate Hassan Kirunda and Uganda Cranes’ official Patrick Ntege at Fufa House.
The assalted journalist fainted and had to be rushed to Lisa Medical Centre where he received treatment before resuscitating.
A group carrying placards protesting Magogo’s stay in office had stormed Fufa and when Kyeyune removed out his phone to do an update on Radio, he was apparently beaten.
Before the dust could settle, Mujib Kasule who was supposed to return his nomination forms at 2:30pm claimed that his car, a Mitsubishi Pajero was stoned by a rowdy unidentified goon who was on a motorcycle (Boda boda)
Instead of proceeding to Fufa, Kasule opted to report the case to Police rather than get nominated.
While Magogo’s confirmation as a candidate was seamless and lasted minutes from 4pm after which he promised to “consolidate the gains”, Kasule was even more dramatic when he returned from ‘Police’.
By 4:30pm, Fufa Electoral commission boss, Sam Bakika indicated Kasule’s nomination had a few hitches failing to constitute an executive which is one of the factors.
Kasule didn’t have a letter from any of the eight Fufa regions backing him. None of his backers came with him while none of the nine members he raised signed on the documents.
Interestingly, his proposed first vice president Sam Mpiima, the Buganda delegate, came to Fufa after 6pm, with the process completed.