Kagame Third Term Bid Meets Resistance

FUFA president, erectile Eng. Moses Magogo has come out to clarify on why the federation voted for the embattled incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

According to the FUFA president, the executive committee unanimously decided on Blatter after thoroughly assessing the previous, current and prospective developments that have been initiated by the FIFA president and have directly or indirectly benefited Uganda.

“We [FUFA] voted for Sepp Blatter like we had earlier publicly declared. Our decision was consented upon by the FUFA executive committee after thorough assessments,” The president told the media in a press conference.

He explained that they [Fufa] did not change their mind even after the scandals that rocked the international body prior to elections.

“We cannot just rely on hearsay accusations, we needed concrete evidence, the [arrested Fifa officials] are just suspects and it’s not yet proved, so we can conclude that Blatter is corrupt.”

The FUFA president further elaborated six points why the FUFA executive chose Blatter;

Financial assistance. When Blatter came to office in 1998, Fifa was only spending USD 14 million. By then Fufa was sharing a room with the boxing federation at National Council of sports offices. Currently, the world governing body spends over USD 1 billion, with Fufa benefitting a whooping USD 250, 000 [approx. UShs. 750 M] annually through the Financial Assistance Programme [FAP]. The Ugandan body now owns the Fufa house headquarters at Mengo, has employed 28 fully paid staff members including professionals, and several other activities.

World cup Revenue. About 70% of the revenue from the Fifa World cup is shared by countries that did not qualify for the global tournament. The 2014 Fifa world cup generated a record USD 4.8 billion dollars, with more than half of it collected as revenue after expenditure. While all the revenue in the four year cycle totaled to USD 5.718 Billion about twice as much collected in South Africa 2010. Most African and Asian countries don’t qualify including Uganda that has never made an appearance. “That’s the crime of Blatter!” the Fufa president exclaimed after explaining that point.


World cup rotational system: The world cup had a chance to be played in Africa because Sepp Blatter’s reign brought the rotational system that allows different countries to host. In Africa the global event was speared by the ‘Win in Africa with Africa’ campaign. Under that campaign several Fufa officials including the President Magogo, his Vice Mr. Mugisha got a chance to undergo training and became Fufa Instructors. The project [Win in Africa with Africa] was also responsible for the construction of the Fufa technical Centre in Njeru. “We got the technical center through the win in Africa with Africa campaign that came with the world cup” Fufa president said.

Unfounded corruption scandal.  Fufa does not condone any act of corruption; however the case about Blatter is just mere accusations and allegations. Therefore Fufa needed strong evidence from those who accuse Blatter of the crimes committed.” Africa and Uganda in particular voted Blatter because of the interest of the development of football. It’s an insult to think that we take money to vote people. We fight for our interests and we shall publicly declare that. There is nothing to hide.”

“It is unfounded to say Blatter is corrupt without Evidence!”

Solidarity. The only way Africa can develop is by solidarity. Fifa used to spend only USD 14 million before 1999, a European football club like Real Madrid is worthy USD 400 Million. UEFA itself has the ability to support football growth because most of their content [major Euro leagues and champions league] is consumed in Africa and Asia but don’t have the desire to do that. Therefore it is important that Fifa has who will express the interest to support Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Influence from some Major European nations. There are some [not disclosed] major European countries that urged the Ugandan body to support Blatter and the reasons they gave [undisclosed] were carrying weight.

“Africa voted to support development of African Football. I really pity Africans who thought of different view. We want development and resources and so whoever wants to become Fifa president has to express the interest of Africa. Our interest must be addressed because Africa, Asia and Latin America dictate the game.”

The Fufa president concluded by hinting that some members at the congress had a clue that Blatter would resign but the whole issue was ignored by many. “Actually there was a rumor circulating that Blatter would resign but almost everyone would not think about that.” Magogo revealed.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s third term bid has attracted resistance with one of the opposition political parties in the country taking the matter to the Supreme Court., this Chimp Corps report.

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) announced Thursday its decision to file a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, sildenafil “demanding the court to block Parliament from changing the constitution in regard to the lifting of presidential term limits (Art 101).”

DGPR President Frank Habineza quoted Article 101 of the constitution which stipulates that: “The President of the Republic is elected for a term of seven years renewable only once,” adding, “Under no circumstances shall a person hold the office of President of Republic for more than two terms.”

Several groups of people across Rwanda have since petitioned Parliament to lift the term limits clause to enable Kagame serve another term in office.

They claim Kagame has executed his assignments as president effectively and that he needs more time to consolidate his achievements thus keeping Rwanda on the right path of transformation.

After receiving the petitions, the President of the Senate, Hon Bernard Makuza recently declared that, “It is the right for any Rwandans to express their opinion which is one way of demonstrating that they clearly understand what their rights and responsibilities are.”

Makuza said Parliament will in June sit to decide on the controversial constitutional amendments.

Habineza said DGPR strongly believes that Article 193 does not allow the change of term limits from the stated two to any other number.

“The Article only allows a reduction or an increase on the lengths of the term of office, which in this case is seven (7) years. This can be reduced to either five or be increased from seven to any other number for example eight (8),” said Habineza.

Article, 193 states that, ‘…if the constitutional amendment concerns the term of the President of the Republic…., the amendment must be passed by referendum….’

Habineza’s party asked the Supreme Court to order the Rwandan Parliament “not to change Article 101 of the Constitution and to confirm that no referendum is required for those wishing to remove term limits from the Constitution.”

DGPR wants the highest court in the country to confirm that Article 193 does not allow the amendment of Article 101 regarding the number of terms of office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda; and that Article 101 is Intangible and cannot be changed by a referendum.

The political organisation further called for an in-depth interpretation of Article 101 and 193 of the Constitution.

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