Bakkabulindi Unhappy Over Frozen Fufa Accounts Top story

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State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has expressed his unhappiness over the way the Uganda FA is handling matters to do with their frozen accounts.

The State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has expressed his unhappiness over the way the Uganda FA is handling matters to do with their frozen accounts.


"I told the Fufa officials to write to me a letter that I can act upon and follow up the matter, but nothing has gotten to my desk yet," Bakkabulindi told URN on Monday morning.


Last Friday the Uganda Financial Intelligence Authority (Ufia) disclosed that they have frozen some Fufa accounts as investigations over their financial operations continue.


Sydney Asubo, the Ufia executive director in an interview with URN said if the FA fails to act and rectify certain things, then the authority will act tough after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) where Uganda will be participating.


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But the Minister insists that the FA should act quickly and write the letter so that his office can follow up the matter before the Christmas holiday. Moses Magogo, the FA President told URN last week that the freezing of the accounts has caused some financial challenges as they struggle to prepare the national team for the 2017 Afcon in Gabon.


Bakkabulindi however disclosed that he met one of the Fufa executive members, Dennis Mbidde over the weekend and advised on what action to take. Last October the same body froze the FA accounts as they investigated allegations of money laundering.


And Asubo insisted that investigations have continued since last year in relation to a number of issues. He said last year they re-opened the FA accounts because they did not want to disorganise the entire operations.


The FA President Magogo who is in Djibouti to attend a FIFA seminar has requested for the unfreezing of the accounts so that their operations can continue normally. Last week he said Fufa issued a cheque to the Uganda Revenue Authority to pay taxes for the Afcon qualifier match between Uganda Cranes and Comoros and it bounced because of the frozen account.


Insiders say because of the frozen accounts the FA is struggling to pay the agents fees who have arranged for international build-up games against Gabon, Tunisia, Libya, Slovakia and African Champions Ivory Coast. The Cranes are expected to use the build-up game to prepare for the 2017 Afcon.