Moses Magogo will be the head of Ugandan football for another four years after a rousing endorsement by the 93rd Fufa General Assembly in Masindi on Saturday.
The incumbent, in office since 2013, amassed 69 votes out of the 72 votes cast with one against and two invalid during a gathering that passed without any discrepancies.
Everything was on script. Though Magogo was the only candidate, the assembly at Kabalega Resort Hotel had to vote as per the Fufa statutes. He needed 45 delegates to endorse him.
The assembly is made up of 88 delegates, 84 of whom attended. Prominent among the absentees was Proline director Mujib Kasule whose ambition to challenge Magogo suffered a stillbirth.
Kasule, who admitted to making a late decision to stand for the presidency, was deemed to have not met the prerequisite requirements as per the Sam Bakiika-led electoral committee.
The former vice president sought redress in court in the days leading up to the assembly seeking an interim injunction to stop it but lady justice Margaret Oumo turned his request down on Friday.
There were two other injunction petitions thrown out. Western youth MP, Hon Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama (Mbarara City) and Onduparaka’s Joe Geoffrey Erama also skipped.
Kirinya-Jinja SS chairperson Diana Nyango opted against attending.
She had earlier lost to her Express compatriot Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, also the children and youth state minister in voting for vice president in charge of the league.
The assembly would then approve Nakiwala, tallying 64 votes. Only seven were against while one was invalid.
However, Nakiwala’s approval will draw as much controversy as she hasn’t been in a football executive position as per the requirements. No one contested her candidature on the floor.
If the theme of ‘no-change’ hummed at the previous assembly held last year in Luwero was only sloganeering, it was confirmed when Magogo changed four members of his executive.
Nakiwala replaced Denis Mbidde while delegates Sam Mpiima and Sam Lwere, often referred to as anti-Magogo were booted. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, the government representative in Masindi, had already left the executive to take up the assistant general secretary (administration) job at National Council of Sports (NCS).
Besides Nakiwala, the other new members of the executive are delegates Hajji Abdul Sekabira (Buganda), Issa Magoola (eastern) and David Karyebare (northern).