Former Uganda Cranes midfielder Mike Mutyaba has petitioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate Moses Magogo and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) over acts of Corruption, exploitation, discrimination, diversion of public resources and abuse of office.
In a petition dated April 20-2021, Mutyaba claims Magogo and his administration have been committing all those offenses which is contrary to sections 2, 6 and 11 of the Anti-corruption act of 2009.
Mutyaba says FUFA has misused funds allocated to the players by government and the State House. He says several of his colleagues have not been receiving this money FUFA claims has paid.
Mutyaba stresses that in 2019, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pledged a monthly payment of UGX 50m as salary to Uganda Cranes players which was to be paid through FUFA with each player entitled to receive UGX 1m. However, Magogo and FUFA paid this money for only four months, pocketing the rest that came in, over a period of 20 months, an amount which accumulates to UGX 1.2 Billion.
The petition comes barely a week after FUFA published a list of Cranes players that were paid money from 1st July 2018 to March 2021.
According to Mutyaba, the amounts that were attached to these players was never disbursed.
On the list, Mutyaba was allegedly paid UGX 12.95 Million, money he claims he never received.
In the same petition, Mutyaba claims FUFA is yet to pay Acholi Province UGX 40m that was supposed to be availed to them as prize money for winning the 2019 FUFA Drum tournament.
Further more, Cranes players were not paid their participation monies for the game against Mali at the 2017 AFCON finals, the matches against Tanzania in September 2018, Congo Brazzaville in 2018 and qualification bonus for the 2021 CHAN tournament in Morocco.
In addition, Mutyaba claims that the Federation has a tendency not to pay players for their work done sighting the U17 team which took part in the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers, and the U20 that participated at the 2021 AFCON finals.
“The above actions have been prejudicial to the interests of the players, the advancement of football in Uganda and have tainted the image of State House and the president of Uganda because they depict a failure to honour pledges yet the money has always been disbursed as promised.” Mutyaba is quoted as saying in his petition.
Mutyaba held a peaceful demonstration at FUFA House in Mengo early in April, a move that saw him beaten up on ‘orders of Magogo’ and later detained at Old Kampala Police station.
Mutyaba says that all those acts have demoralised the players which has caused frustration and early retirement for the national team and has demotivated the young talent from joining the sport.
Mutyaba requests that the Anti corruption unit conducts a forensic audit into the financial management and appropriation of funds by FUFA from the government of Uganda and State House.
He also asks the unit to summon Magogo to justify they payments as alleged in the list that was published by the Federation.