Why Fufa needs to exercise high degree of transparency [Daily Monitor, The (Uganda)]
(Daily Monitor, The (Uganda) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) So, once again Fufa is showing a rather unhealthy proclivity for not subscribing to the niceties of good governance. A million dollar four-year contract with telecom company, Airtel, has pretty much invited journalists to probe into the ledger.
Unfortunately for the journalists, they have gotten, at best, empty rhetoric, and, at worst, scowls.
This has precipitated guesstimates that are, quite frankly, not any bit healthy.
Shameless apologists may be quick to write this submission off as an attempt to nitpick, but I won't hesitate to urge them to put on the proverbial thinking cap.
The issue of accountability in sport cannot be given a tattered cushion. Not in this day and age! We need nothing but open books.
The forthrightness that your columnist is pining for is three-fold. I would love Fufa to come out and categorically state how much it got from Airtel.
Breakdown requestThe local football governing body should not just stop at that, but also compartmentalise the money as regards the three spheres (Cranes, Big League and Uganda Cup) it has earmarked for support.
Last but not least, I would also love that Fufa make public how each single cent was expended.
Wishful thinking, huh? Well, I strongly believe that subscribing to such best practices will stand Fufa in good stead, not least in relation to acting as a magnet to other corporate entities obsessed with transparency.
The veil of secrecy that Fufa has for donkey's years draped itself in has to be shredded.
We need for the door to be opened ajar. Not just for cash inflows from corporate sponsorships, but also the billions cascading from Fifa's Swiss accounts.
The lame-duck excuse that Fufa accounts to only its assembly has to stop forthwith.
The time has come for all Ugandans to be taken seriously since they are in one way or the other fundamental stakeholders.
If the Moses Magogo-led Fufa doesn't want to create a legacy that isn't chequered, it will do well treating issues pertaining to accountability with utmost importance.
There are no two ways about it, the tenet of transparency cannot in anyway be understated.
A sustained degree of openness bodes well for the health of sport. We no doubt need those rich troves of information such that we can benchmark our performances against support received or the lack of it.==============================Lightning shouldn't strike twice for ambitious Mbidde
I bumped into my good friend Dennis Mbidde a few days ago. I had previously offered my hearty congratulations to him via electronic mail following his pleasantly surprising appointment to the National Council of Sports (NCS) Board.
Meeting the man himself in the flesh offered me an opportunity to offer more than just an expression of praise.
As always, Mbidde exhibited a streak of energy and enthusiasm that he time and again infuses into his seemingly countless pet projects. Mbidde told me that working guidelines the Sports minister, Charles Bakkabulindi, has thrashed out are as productive as they should be. Mbidde now intends to use this unfettered freedom to piece together a body of work that will supersede the démodé 1964 NCS Act. In a time when forays of commercialisation are crisscrossing the sporting landscape, tearing down the 1964 NCS Act cannot come any sooner for sure.
Mbidde also let me in on his grand goal to have the Lugogo-based NCS morph into either commission or authority.
This, he opined, will guarantee money pouring into sports in something of a raging torrent as opposed to the current drip-drip fashion. Clearly, Mbidde is a man brimming with many notions; some good, some not so good. Whether the red tape that has come to embody anything that has government in it will allow his plans to come to fruition is another thing altogether.
Also worth keeping an eye on is how Mbidde's relationship with his one-time adversary, Bakkabulindi, pans out. History seems to damn the relationship.
You will remember Mbidde spectacularly falling out with Lawrence Mulindwa after the former Fufa chief had stretched out an olive branch.
Bakkabulindi may well not be Mulindwa (or vice versa). Okay, the Sports minister does share that infamous short fuse that has so many times had Mulindwa embarking on ill-advised abusing sprees, but, for what it's worth, Bakkabulindi doesn't sport oversized suits. That's not to say there won't be fault lines.
Their sheer volume may serve to jolt many, but persistence will be of the essence when disturbing moments take centre-stage.
Mbidde will need all the carte blanche he can muster to pull off whatever grand plans he has up his sleeves.
His exuberance may once in awhile see him burn his fingers, but that is growth for you! There always seems to be some little bit of trouble in paradise.=================================What we now know...
We know that the senior national football team, The Cranes, has a new sponsor in Airtel. It is crystal clear that The Cranes, or rather the marketing team that pushes Fufa's shopping cart, love(s) knocking on the door of telecom companies. MTN is after all the immediate past sponsor of the senior national football team.
It's a public secret that MTN's direct rival, Airtel, put them in the shade when they agreed to cast the net wider, so to speak.
We know that Airtel will apportion some of the slightly over Shs1bn it will annually spurt in Fufa's account to the second tier league (Fufa Big League) and premier knockout cup competition (Uganda Cup).
Besides knowing that an enormous amount of airtel money will cascade into Fufa's account over the next four years, we can also state with certainty that red will be the colour The Cranes sport during home encounters.
The distinctive colour of Airtel, the media briefing that announced the telecom giant's partnership with Fufa was as red an affair as it gets. The red strip of The Cranes was gleefully handed to all and sundry that graced the event. Conspicuously missing was the canopy of yellow MTN made such a perennial favourite during its three-year-long spell as the official Cranes' partner.
We know that yellow in all its entirety (be it sweatbands or even the odd pair of socks) will be a relic of the past after MTN got something remotely close to a red card in the week just ended.
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