Ugandan FA under police investigation

by ESPN

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KAMPALA – The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) of the Uganda Police is investigating the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) for alleged misappropriation of funds.

In a letter dated 8 August, the police requested the Ugandan footballing body make available several documents, to prove that they have been financially accountable from 2014 to the present.

The letter, addressed to Ugandan FA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Suubi Watson, was signed by CID officer Joseph Robert Ojinga, and titled, ‘Request for information/documents on allegation of misappropriation of funds at Fufa headquarters.’

Vincent Sekatte, the CID spokesperson, confirmed the ongoing investigation to KweseESPN, saying: “It is true a file has been opened, and all we want is the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to avail us with the information and documents we have asked for in the letter.”

Some of the details the Police have requested include: list of names and titles of officials and amounts of funds received against their names, details of requisitions made for travel abroad, budgets and schedules for activities prepared between 2014 and the present, payment vouchers, details of payment for air tickets and boarding passes, the agendas for the recent Fufa Assembly campaigns and topics covered, activity reports, and general accountability.

When KweseESPN contacted Watson, to whom the letter was addressed, he was not comfortable speaking about it. “I cannot speak about that now,” he said.

The development comes after delegates re-elected Moses Hassim Magogo as President for another four years, during the Fufa Assembly held in Masindi district on 5 August.

Last month, the State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, gave the FA an ultimatum to make an accountability report for the funds they receive from sponsors, FIFA and CAF.

The Uganda FA quickly sent in the report, although the government has not yet responded. Magogo has maintained that they have accounted for all funds from FIFA, private sponsors, and even the government themselves.