FUFA Weekly Press Conference
Tuesday 4th December 2018
FUFA House, Mengo
The Commission of Inquiry into football officiation has officially handed over the report to FUFA during a Press conference at FUFA House, Mengo on Tuesday morning.
The Chairman of the Commission, Rt. Hon Dan Kidega on behalf of other members on the commission presented the report to FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo.
While briefing the media, Kidega praised Eng. Magogo for the positive gesture he showed to Uganda and football fraternity by appointing the commission to make investigations into allegations in the officiation of football in FUFA Competitions.
Kidega also applauded all the members on the commission for their tireless work and commitment during process.
He assured the media that the commission received 100% of all the witness that were invited to the commission nevertheless all the club officials from the Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League, FUFA Women Elite League, FUFA Juniors League, referees and other stakeholders all showed up.
On the other hand, Kidega recognised all those who passed over special information that guided the commission in carrying out the inquiry. He also thanked the coaches and players who appeared before the commission.
He stated that their work method was that, the invited witnesses declared whether to appear before camera or not.
Kidega confirmed that the commission found serious problems in football officiation in Uganda. He admitted that there were very many critical cases of bribery and match fixing however he asserted that the commission has documented all the cases in writing, video, recorded phone calls and messages in a very clear report handed over to the FUFA Executive.
‘We found out serious problems in match officiation in Uganda. We walked through the various witnesses and we discovered that there were very many critical cases of bribery and match fixing. We have documented all these findings in a very clear report that we are handing over to the FUFA Executive. We thank Eng. Magogo and FUFA for appointing the Commission to make the inquiry into match officiation. We have done a very professional work that will help FUFA to solve the problems in match officiation’ said Kidega
On the same occasion, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo appreciated the work done by the Commission and promised to take action accordingly through the guidance of the Executive and FUFA Judicial bodies.
Furthermore Eng. Magogo assured the public that FUFA’s intension is to clear the game and the recommendations in the report will be reacted to in accordance with the FUFA Statutes.
‘It is another day in the history of our game to try and put certain things right. As FUFA we tried to play our game in accordance with the 17 Laws of the game. The way they are applied must be consistent and it is our duty as FUFA to ensure that football is played in accordance with the Laws of the game. Having received a number of complaints from a number of sources as the Executive we decided to appoint a Commission to make inquiry in such matters. We gave them a period to hand over a report to us. Our intension is to clear the game and we shall take action from the report in accordance with the FUFA statutes. A report is our tool that we are taking to the disciplinary committee and the Ethics and Integrity committee’ aid Eng. Magogo
Rt. Hon Dan Kidega, Zirabamuzare Muzafaru, Kennedy Mutenyo, Annet Nakamya and Douglas Mazune made up the commission. FUFA 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoye, FUFA Excecutive Member Rogers Byamukama and FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu all witnessed the handover ceremony. FUFA Executive shall meet to assess the report before handing it to FUFA Judicial bodies for further action.