April 14, 2014

FUFA Plea To Alupo For Morden-day Sports Act

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) will internalize the received new sports regulations through consultation with the it’s members and look to use acceptable means in the law to find a revision if its legal personality can’t be retained.

Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo
Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo

Education and Sports Minister Major (Rtd) Jessica Alupo alongside State Sports Minister Charles Bakabalundi, the Attorney General and Solicitor General on Monday April 14th at Mandela National Stadium launched the new regulations that were gazetted last Wednesday and are now fully operational.

FA Spokesman in a statement to Red Pepper Online edition admitted the federation was in receipt of the new Statutory Instruments 2014 No.38 after the launch and would take time to study it and consult.

“As we have received the new regulations, the next step is internalizing them through consultation with our members,” reads part of the statement signed by Ahmed Hussien on Monday evening.

“Notwithstanding the above, as FUFA we insist that the 1964 NCS ACT cannot give birth to a legal regime to regulate Sports 50 years later.

“We urgently need a modern-day sports ACT that accommodates both the business approach to the sports industry and governance structures accommodated in international affiliations.

“The former British colonies like Tanzania (1971), Kenya (2012), and Ghana (1976) have all amended the same British Colonial ACT. Even Uganda must overhaul the Act to provide a legal frame work.

It’s understood the 2014 National Council of Sports Regulations (NCS) for Associations under the NCS Sports Act, Cap 48, bans national sports associations from incorporating as limited companies.

It also bars members or officers of NCS from promoting the incorporation or registration of a national association. NCS General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa is one of the guarantors of the contested Fufa Ltd.

Fufa insist Fufa Ltd is not another federation but their business arm.

The new act asks all existing national sports associations to apply afresh to the NCS for registration within six months from commencement of these regulations.

 

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