Good Public Relations Saved NWSC – MD

Local football governing body, order FUFA, stuff has issued new strict club and player registration guidelines to clubs that are expected to participate in the upcoming 2015/16 football season. While releasing the information to the media, pharmacy the Fufa CEO Mr. Edgar Watson warned that the federation will only and only register those (clubs and players) that will meet the requirements set.

The main objective for the process is to help clubs transform into professional standards.

“Fufa will ensure the process is done thoroughly and comprehensively. Only clubs that have fulfilled the requirements on time will be registered,” Mr. Watson told the media.

The requirements:


All the Clubs in the 5 division league system for the 2014/15 season are eligible to be registered and issued a certificate of registration. This is a one-time registration and most importantly, for the application of the club to be registered, the club owners in percentages of ownership shall be required to be stated.

Only natural and/or legal persons as defined in the laws of the Republic of Uganda shall be accepted as owners of the club.

The club shall also state its location in terms of the FUFA regions.

Any transfer of ownership shall be equally registered and authenticated by FUFA in a procedure defined in the regulations.


The application forms for the club registration are available at FUFA House and at the federation official website.

The deadline for submission of the club registration application forms is 20th July 2015 at 1700 Hours.

A club without a certificate of registration shall not be licenced for the 2015/16 FUFA competitions.


CAF Licensing: CAF is in process of sending club licensing inspector to supervise and teach the clubs on the CAF Licensing requirements and the date shall be communicated.

FUFA Licensing: The FUFA Regulations of club licensing requires amongst others the following minimum requirements:

(i) Certificate of registration

(ii) U-17 team to participate in the FUFA Juniors League

(iii) A coach with a minimum of CAF B certification or equivalent as rated by CAF. The coaches who hold qualifications from other confederations must submit their documents for onward transmission to CAF to determine the equivalence of certification

(iv) The Club Chief Executive Officer who holds the FUFA certificate In club management. FUFA will hold a privately sponsored course for the award of the FUFA certificate in club management at a date and venue to be confirmed in early July 2015 Clubs that do not fulfill the above minimum  requirements shall not be issued with a licence to participate in the 2015/16 Azam Uganda Premier League.


The FUFA Executive Committee has also regulated that only players holding national passports issued by the Government of Uganda or respective Government authority for foreign players shall be issued with licences for FUFA competitions for the 2015/16 season.

It is therefore paramount for the clubs and players who do not already hold national passports but intend to play in the Azam Uganda Premier league and the FUFA Big league to immediately embark on the exercise to acquire national passports.

The player licensing exercise for the primary window will close at 1159 hours on September 21st 2015.


FUFA has also issued guidelines on procedures of contracting players effective 1st July 2015 when the FUFA Primary player transfer and registration window opens.

The formatting and wording of the contracts as designed by FIFA and FIFPRO has been established and shall be used as the template for the players’ contracts.


FUFA is aware that these changes will bring long temporary inconveniences but are aimed at professionalizing the premium competitions.
There was drama at Parliament on Tuesday when one of the suspects in the infamous Shs 15bn pension scandal spilled the beans during the Public Accounts Committee meeting.

Kampala City lawyer, viagra Bob Kasango who has been implicated in the Shs 15bn that was paid to his now defunct law firm, cheap Hal and Partners, recipe openly told Members of Parliament that he took nearly half of the money that was meant for the pensioners and that Justice John Keitirima who was then Registrar at the High Court Division, asked for a Shs500m bribe from him.

After hours of a heated debate, Kasango voluntarily told MPs that he is ready to refund the share he took from the loot totalling to Shs 7.8bn.

“Due to a very and very negative publicity my name has earned in the recent past, I am stating here on record that I am going to pay back the money. I hereby take responsibility,” added Kasango.

“I am not ready to benefit from an irregularity or illegality,” he emphasised.

The case arose when 6,300 former civil servants represented by top Kampala lawyer John Matovu sued Attorney General for unlawful retrenchment in 1992.

The former civil servants asked court to direct government to pay them pension and general damages.

The two parties would later seal an agreement in 2000 to be paid their wages.

However, they were not paid damages. They went back to court, which awarded each of them Shs4.5m as damages at eight per cent interest per annum.

However, the concerned government officials refused to give the pensioners’ lawyer Matovu his legal fees.

Mr Matovu reportedly approached another lawyer, Kasango, who claimed to have “good connections” in government to pursue the recovery of the legal fees for him.

A legal counsel from the Attorney General’s office and Mr Kasango met before Keitirima, who was then deputy registrar of the High Court.

But Mr Keitirima claims he threw out Kasango because the court hadn’t received communication that he was the new legal representative of the pensioners in the case.

The Auditor General’s report indicates that payment of the large sum of money on Kasango’s law firm’s account was irregular.

Kasango confession

Speaking to lawmakers, Kasango said he did not forge the judge’s signature to get the court order to secure the money to his account but that he met Keitirima o tax the bill.

“He said, ‘I am going to work on your file but you will look after me,”’ Kasango quoted the registrar as saying.

After receiving the certificate of costs, taxation and order from Keitirima, Kasango said he heard from his friend that the registrar was very bitter because the lawyer got his pay and disappeared.

Kasango said he met Keitirima on a Sunday at his office where the latter asked for a Shs500m bribe in four days or refuses to certify the documents.

He requested Parliament to seek the services of handwriting experts to determine the owner of the signature.

“It is not true that I forged Justice Keitirima’s signature. I urge this committee to bring on board handwriting experts to differentiate and get the truth,” Mr Kasango added.

Appearing before the same committee a week ago, the same judge told MPs that there was no such order from him, insisting his signature was forged by Hall and Partners to fraudulently get the money.

The minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kahinda Otafiire was also named in the same Shs 15bn scam for ordering the money to be paid to the dubious law firm.

Otafiire denied the allegation, saying he only directed Public Service Ministry to obey a court order to pay Kasango’s firm.

Kasango associates say he did not make the offer to refund because he did anything wrong but because he just did not want to be embroiled in unnecessary controversy and after all if the documents were irregular and he refunded the money, they would be regularized and government would still have to pay the money.

Legal experts say refunding the money would not absolve the government of the obligation to pay
There was a massive turn up at the recently concluded PRAUNite, healing a social networking event night held annually by the Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU) at Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala.

The 6th edition of the night, order that was ushered under the theme Effective communication and reputation management for your brand”, site gave key highlights to both PR and non-PR professionals and practitioners on recent trends in communication and crisis management.

Delivering her presentation, key note speaker, Robin De Villiers stated, “Without an emotional connection, today’s brands will not achieve sustainable growth”


In confirmation with Robin’s remarks, Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation gave an example that the crisis that befell his company after it was reported that NWSC water was unsafe for public consumption.

It was alleged that water flowing through the taps was causing typhoid.

Mugisha quickly developed an effective PR response mechanism that restored public confidence in utility body.

The key speakers,  Robin De Villiers and
The key speakers, Robin De Villiers and Eng. Dr. Silver Mugisha pose for a group photo with other guests 

“Without good PR machinery, you cannot effectively manage a crisis,” Mugisha said.

He further advised that maintaining brand visibility and managing crises goes beyond relations but identifying the root cause of the problem and then formulating mechanisms of putting it under control.

Mr. Igne Igundura, a former President of PRAU and now a Civil Aviation Authority Communications Director stated that for today’s professionals, a good personal reputation is very key.

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