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JDC embark on club visits

JDC chairperson Richard Omongole (right) and Mujib Kasule in a meeting with the FUFA president (not in picture) over the weekend.

The Jinja Declaration Committee (JDC) will on Thursday November 17 start their visits to all clubs playing in the Uganda Super League to get acquainted with the challenges they face in relation to the League management. The committee targets top executive committee members of the clubs.

The resolution was reached over the weekend in a meeting with the Federation president Lawrence Mulindwa at his offices in Mengo. JDC chairman Richard Omongole, Mujib Kasule, Isa Magoola and Moses Magogo attended the meeting.

The fifth member Jimmy Ebil Ssegawa who is also the USL Chief Executive Officer did not show up.Independent sources have since alleged that Ssegawa was under instructions by former committee member and USL Board chairman Kavuma Kabenge not to attend. Officials from 13 out of the 15 clubs playing under USL recently unanimously threw Kabenge out of the JDC on grounds of inefficiency.

The meeting held about two weeks ago and attended by Mr. Ashford Mamelodi, the FIFA Development officer replaced Kabenge with newly appointed FUFA Vice President in charge of USL Mujib Kasule.

(JDC chairman, Richard Omongole shakes hands with FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa after the meeting)

The committee chairperson, Richard Omongole said they had learnt of the ongoing injustice to some clubs by the USL officials and that the clubs had got divided into two groups basing on alleged patronage.  “There are those being harassed for their respect to FUFA while others are getting rewards for their disrespect to the Federation” Omongole told the weekend meeting.

The meeting was also shocked to learn that some clubs including Bidco FC, Hoima, Bunamwaya SC, Proline and Victors FC among others had not even been paid the sponsorship money they are entitled for. Other clubs have already got part of the Shs.68m earmarked for each club this season. Of this amount, Shs.50m comes from Super Sport Television and Shs.18m from Bell.

These among many others were the basis for the committee’s resolution to embark on club visits in order to assess the situation and the realities behind these allegations.  The Committee is also expected to meet the USL officials as part of their exercise.

Kasule told the Communications Department last evening that arrangements had already been finalized to meet URA, Express and KCC officials between Thursday and Friday this week. “We arrange to meet the top executive members of each club separately”, said Kasule. He further added that the detailed program would be released shortly.

FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa said the committee had been given up to November 30 to conclude the exercise and report back their findings to FUFA Executive committee for appropriate actions.

(Posted by Rogers Mulindwa-Head of Communications, FUFA)

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