Caf CC: Villa Take On JKU FC

Uganda’s cordial relations with the United States of America are being tested by the aftermath of last month’s general elections, ailment in which the rights and freedoms of Ugandans according to the super power, information pills have been grossly violated.

The Obama administration yesterday issued yet another reiteration, buy expressing concern over the Uganda’s post-election environment.

In a Friday statement, John Kirby, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Public Affairs noted with concern that government and its security forces persistently have violated the rights and freedoms of Ugandan citizens and the media.

“The continued detention of opposition figures without legal justification, the ongoing harassment of opposition supporters, interference in legal challenges to the election results, and the intimidation of Uganda’s media are unacceptable activities in a free and democratic society,” he said.

He also condemned the simmering Bill that is “aimed to enhance the powers of the government to restrict media is an attempt to further limit the country’s political space.”

The Press and Journalists (Amendment) Bill, 2010 is currently before Cabinet.

Among others, it proposes annual registration and licensing of newspapers by a government-controlled media council, restricts foreign-ownership of the press, and seeks to influence newspaper content by criminalizing the publication of information that is deemed prejudicial to national security, stability, unity or economic interests.

Mr Kirby said that the continued disregard of the rights of Ugandans by government was affecting the progress that enabled the relationship between the US and Uganda to grow.

The US remains Ugandan’s biggest donor majorly in the health sector and security.

Noted the secretary; “The United States and Uganda have a long standing and strong partnership that has contributed to the stability and prosperity of the region.”

“We are concerned that the Ugandan government’s recent actions could endanger the economic and political progress that has enabled our relationship to grow. We urge the government to take prompt action to reverse this troubling trend.”

Government maintains that the clampdown on opposition figures is to prevent them from causing insecurity around the country.

Sports Club Villa continue the continental journey on Saturday 12th as they lock horns with Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) FC at Namboole in the first leg of the Caf confederations cup first round match.

The Jogoos defeated Al Khartoum 2-0 in aggregate through goals from Lwanga Taddeo and Godfrey Lwesibawa in the respective legs to reach this stage.

Zanzibar on the other side have not yet tested the continental heat after their opponents-to-be, and Gaborone United from Botswana failed to turn up for the tie hence Caf awarding a walkover to the islanders.

The Ugandans have been struggling in front of goal on the local scene where they have registered two consecutive barren draws against Simba and JMC Hippos but assistant coach Ibrahim Kirya promises the trend will turn to the ideal on Saturday.

“Two leg ties are very tricky especially when the second leg is away. So for us its important we take an advantage into the second game and that is by scoring goals at Namboole, more about ” coach Kirya told Chimp Sport adding that “The strikers have been wasteful in front of goal but though we have not been conceeding either. So our work is to rectify the problem. Iam sure fans will see goals on Saturday.”

JKU FC are not a new name to Ugandan football. They faced URA FC in the Mapinduzi cup held in Zanzibar over a month ago losing 3-1.

Coach Kefa Kisala, who was with the tax collectors in their victory, ‘steals’ the secret ,” They play short passes but its not a side you can underestimate. Villa have to close them down and score early goals to distabilize their plans. These two way games are hard to predict. A team always prepares for more than one game plan.”

Villa have a full fit squad but could be without Karim Ndugwa and Yaseri Waibi due to document issues.

The aggregate winner of this fixture will meet the equivalent in the clash between Morocco’s Fath Union Sport Rabat and UMS de Loum from Cameroon.

The second leg will be played at the Azam stadium in Zanzibar on Friday 18 March.


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