TV Sponsorship Must Cater for Lower Leagues – FUFA

According to new research, shop remedy almost a billion extra people face a life of extreme poverty if leaders duck key decisions on poverty, thumb inequality and climate change due to be taken at two crucial international summits this year; UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development due to take place in September in New York and the UN Climate talks in Paris in December, with billions more continuing to face a life of hardship.

That’s the warning by more than a thousand organisations around the world which are launching a new campaign called action/2015 calling on local and world leaders to take urgent action to halt man-made climate change, eradicate poverty and address inequality.

At part of the launch of the action/2015 campaign, activities are taking place in more than 50 countries all around the world, many of which are being spearheaded by 15 year olds – a constituency who will be among the most affected by the agreements: In Uganda young people will challenge the Speaker of Parliament to listen to their demands when they hand over a petition signed by over 10,000 young people challenging the need to take key decisions to be taken during the two UN summits later this year.

The new calculation released by the action/2015 coalition shows that, even using relatively conservative scenarios,  the number of people living in extreme poverty – on less than $1.25 a day – could be reduced dramatically from over a billion to 360 million by 2030.

Based on work by the University of Denver, in the year 2030, about 4% of the global population would live in extreme poverty, (compared to 17% today) if critical policy choices on inequality, poverty investment and climate change are made this year and implemented thereafter.  Estimates of other researchers, looking at a longer list of variables, show that the eradication of extreme poverty is achievable for the first time in history – a key objective of the campaign.

However, if leaders fail to deliver and build on the growing momentum for ambitious deals at the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September and the UN Climate talks in Paris in December, and scale back their efforts, the number of people living in extreme poverty could actually increase to 1.2 billion by 2030.

This increase would be the first in a generation (since 1993) and almost a billion higher (886million) than if resolute action is taken. Under this scenario 1 in 3 of the world’s population would live under $2 a day.

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Malala Fund co-founder, who put her life on the line for the right to education said; “People globally want an end to injustice, poverty and illiteracy. Our world is interconnected and youth are ready and mobilised more than ever to see real change take place. Together, we are demanding our leaders take action in 2015 and we must all do our part.”


She added: “I will continue to work tirelessly to call on world leaders to seize this opportunity to guarantee a free, quality primary and secondary education for every child. That is my goal and I hope that my voice will be heard as it is the voice of millions of children who want to go to school.”

Alongside Malala, dozens of high profile activists from Queen Rania of Jordan and Bono to Ben Affleck, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim have backed the coalition of over a thousand organisations in more than 120 countries around the world. The campaign is calling on world leaders to agree plans to eradicate poverty, prevent dangerous climate change and tackle inequality at these summits.

action/2015 – announced by Malala when she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize – is one of the biggest campaigns ever to launch – combining environmental, human rights, development organisations and faith networks. From household names like Amnesty International and Save the Children to grassroots NGOs working with local communities, the movement aims to make sure the agreements of 2015 are shaped by the people.

Speaking for action/2015, Amitabh Behar, Indian anti-poverty activist said: “If we get this wrong, we could see the number of people living in poverty increase for the first time in our generation. But if we get it right – tackle poverty, inequality and climate change – we could eradicate extreme poverty within a generation. With two summits of this importance within just months of each other, 2015 could be one of the most important years for our planet since the end of the Second World War, but only if we rise to the occasion.”


At part of the launch, activities are taking place in more than 50 countries all around the world from Lebanon and Liberia to Nigeria and Norway to South Africa and Sri Lanka.  Many of these are spearheaded by 15 year olds – a constituency who will be among the most affected by the agreements:

In Bolivia, three coordinated rallies in Laz Paz will bring together younger and older people, each one representing one of the core issues of the campaign – climate change, inequality and poverty.

In Costa Rica, young people will take to their bicycles to raise the profile of the campaign in a cycle rally which will deliver the message of the campaign to leaders and the public.

In India, young people are meeting their leaders in 15 states and over 150 districts to deliver their messages of hope for 2015.

In New York, the Secretary- General of the United Nations Ban Ki- moon will meet a group of 15 year olds to discuss why we need global action in 2015.

In Nigeria, 15 year olds will present their hopes for the future to Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at a live concert;

In Norway, a delegation of 15 year old campaigners from across the country will meet with Prime Minister Erna Solberg to challenge her to play her part in the summits and secure a safer future for people and planet in 2015;

In Tanzania, 15 year olds will meet Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal to discuss their aspirations for the future and the action they want from political leaders in 2015;

In Uganda young people will challenge the Speaker of Parliament to listen to their demands when they hand over a petition signed by over 10,000 young people;

In the UK, some of Britain’s leading youth activists will meet Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, to urge them to seize the opportunities of 2015.

Speaking about why she got involved in the campaign, Maryam, a Nigerian child rights activist, who will turn 15 this year said: “By 2030 I will be an adult, and may have children of my own. My generation might not be the ones making decisions today, but we will be the ones to make sure that our leaders take full responsibility for the actions they take this year. I and thousands like me are demanding they make the right choices, because our future is at stake. We ask that they make choices which are dictated by the needs of future generations and not choices that are dictated by short-term politics.”


Debora Souza, a Brazilian campaigner for action/2015 said: “The world has tested and proven strategies which have successfully lifted millions out of poverty, and the global transition from the dirty fuels driving climate change to 100 percent clean renewables is already under way. Now it’s up to governments to accelerate those positive trends and make 2015 the year that brings the world closer to a safe and prosperous future for everybody.”
Following the acts of terror unleashed on journalists who were covering a National Association of the Unemployed procession by Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye on Monday, there WBS Cameraman Andrew Lwanga has for the first time spoken out on events that happened on the fateful day.

In an interview with ChimpReports on Sunday at Nsambya hospital where he had been admitted after being clobbered on the head, 28 year old Lwanga explains that after covering the press conference for the youth, they proceeded to march to the city centre from where they(youth) could head to the office of the police chief in Naguru.

“As we approached Shell fuel station along Namirembe road, a white Toyota Mark II series driving at terrible speed arrived before the DPC and 3 other police officers jumped out. They then embarked on trying to arrest the youth but they spread as they run for their life,” Lwanga explains.

“As the DPC tried to chase one of the youth who had run towards Old Kampala Secondary School play ground, he fell down and all cameras were all over him. He tried to smash my camera but I ran away and got into his car and drove towards the police station.”

According to Lwanga, the Toyota Mark II series spent a few minutes before coming back and dispersing youth who were by this time interacting with journalists as they interviewed them adding that most of them ran towards the city centre before branching off at a nearby restaurant.

“At this time 2 policemen followed the youth who at this time tried to escape but had no way and arrested them before the DPC’s car Mark II arrived and he forced the 2 youth into the back seats,” the 28 year journalist narrates.

“I was now left in between the 2 policemen and the DPC .The latter then started beating whoever was around him. He first tried to smash my camera but I remained firm before he hit me with the tick at the head and I fell down in pain.”
Lwanga narrates that at this time Mwesigye bundled him in the front seat of his car before driving off swiftly towards Old Kampala police station.

“I thought he was heading to Mulago for first aid but I was surprised when on reaching the police station, he ordered me to be put in the coolers. I told him I was feeling a lot of pain but ordered me to sit down with the suspects in the cells and that’s when I became unconscious.”

The journalist further explains that he only regained consciousness on Wednesday but stressed that all along, he only saw shadows of people he could not understand.

Road to Recovery
Lwanga explains that it has not been easy to regain conscious but applauded doctors and all the medical personnel for working day and night to make sure he comes back to normal.

“I got paralyzed and my legs can’t support my body I have been put on physiotherapy walking on sticks and the wheel chair. I have also been advised to start swimming as one of the remedies that would restore my nerves and connect back with the brain,” he explains.

Lwanga is optimistic he will regain full fitness and begins returns to work soon.

“I am not used to staying in one place for a long time and I hope by the next week am discharged and I return home because I no longer feel that the general body pain.”

On the brutal former Old Kampala DPC, Lwanga explains that he expects the law to take its course on the errant police officer whom he says doesn’t fit to be in the police force.

Journalists Speak out
In interview with ChimpReports, Human Rights Network for Journalists’ National Coordinator Robert Ssempala explained that they are set to pursue a civil suit in the High court against Mwesigye.

“We are not contented with the police doctor report which says that Lwanga got no injuries after being clobbered and only indicates that he only got an emotional distress which is not right. We are going to file another suit in the High Court against Mwesigye and all the officers that aided him while battering the journalists on that day,” Ssempala noted.

While covering a procession by the youth under the National Association of the Unemployed who were on route to the office of the police Chief Gen.Kale Kayihura in a bid to inform him of their intended activities throughout the country, Mwesigye unleashed w terror on journalists and in the scuffle, Lwanga was badly beaten to near death while others nursed wounds.
Uganda Premier League will commence its second half in February 2015 but whether it is soon getting a broadcast sponsor and to whom the rights will be awarded is still a mystery.

South Africa’s Supersport and Tanzanian based Azam TV have been scrambling for the rights for the soccer league.

Appearing on a local radio sports talk show on Sunday afternoon, treatment Ahmed Hussein, visit this the FUFA mouthpiece has reaffirmed the Federation’s Position on as far as the league sponsorship is concerned.

Hussein said FUFA wants a sponsor who covers the lower leagues in addition to the top tier league.

It’s should be that Supersport has always shown interest in covering football games in Uganda indiscriminately.

Last year FUFA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uganda Super League (USL) a company that signed for TV rights on behalf of Clubs with Supersport.

However the deal never materialized as some of the clubs objected citing lack of transparency in the way how the deal was signed.

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