By Kungu Al-mahadi Adam
The list indicates that in the 33 months, a total of shs 5,191,488,334 was paid to 30 players with the captain Denis Onyango receiving the highest amount of Shs 320,617,500 followed by Aucho Khalid who got Shs 304,495,000 and Mike Mutyaba receiving the least (Shs12,950,000).Important Note
The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has shamed champions of spreading false information on remuneration of players of the national football team, after tabling information indicating the amount each player has received since 2018.
Several bloggers, some former and active national team players have for weeks alleged that the body’s leadership swindled funds meant for their welfare. Others claimed that players had gone so many months without pay yet FUFA received money from government.
The allegations have since been dismissed by FUFA. They would later be disregarded by the sports minister, Hamson Obua who this week said the body has always accounted for the money it gets from the consolidated fund. He said government has as well audited them and recorded no gaps in accounting for the money given to FUFA.
As if that was not enough, on Sunday, in a further show of accountability and transparency, FUFA released a list of 30 national team players and how they have been remunerated for 33 months from July 1, 2018 to March 2021.
The money includes government funds to FUFA and donations from President Yoweri Museveni (Statehouse) to the national team.
The list indicates that in the 33 months, a total of shs 5,191,488,334 was paid to 30 players with the captain Denis Onyango receiving the highest amount of Shs 320,617,500 followed by Aucho Khalid who got Shs 304,495,000 and Mike Mutyaba receiving the least (Shs12,950,000).
According to FUFA, the listed payment is not the only one the players have been receiving – this is only from government, but they also received money from other sources of funds for the football governing body.
The 30 players listed are not the only ones catered for by FUFA, but many more others playing in different national teams.
This week, all players received their pending payments from FUFA. The delay could have been caused by delays in the release of funds by government or the budgetary cuts FUFA, just like many other government entities, suffered in the previous financial year due to COVID19 pandemic.
While speaking to a local television this week, Minister Obua said, “We are aware that in the last financial year, due to budgetary cuts, the FUFA did not even receive the Shs10 billion which is ring fenced. The information I have is that they received less.”
According to the Minister, any entity that receives funding from the consolidated fund must adhere to accounting for the received money as well as undergoing a forensic audit, which have both been applied to FUFA.
“Government gives money not only to FUFA, but to all the 51 registered and recognized national sports federations and associations who receive public funds. They all account for the funds and are subjected to audit,” said Minister Obua.
FUFA is meant to receive Shs10 billion every year from government but the minister says this was not possible in the previous financial year when the association suffered budget cuts due to COVID19 pandemic.
“I want to confirm to you that a year or two, the FUFA and the National Council of Sports in Uganda, were both subjected to a forensic audit in terms of the public fund that they receive from the government of Uganda,” Obua said.
The development explicitly pit individuals claiming that there is lack of accountability and transparency at FUFA as jokers and shear promoters of fake and false news for self-seeking motives.