By David Martin Aliker
In the last one week, there has been a great concern on accountability for the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Drum football games between Teams Acholi and West Nile.
Acholi Technical Management Committee (TMC) released a financial report to FUFA that seem to contradict the report they gave to their fans.
On Sunday, Team Lango that played against Buganda and had a good attendance but in a clear observation was less than the attendance at Pece Stadium when Acholi Province played against West Nile Province.
Lango TMC declared that they raised eighty one million shillings (81m) while previously Acholi TMC declared sixty one million shillings (61m).
There is no doubt that Acholi Province Technical Management Committee (TMC) is a very competent, hard working group of passionate volunteers. They have over time done commendable work with the highest level of integrity and dignity.
But this time round, there is a lot of doubt, distrust and low public opinion of their accountability.
Many fans who think they care about the future of the game think, this issue should be ignored and it should be business as usual. But another school of thought who stand impunity can’t think this issue should be challenged and that Acholi TMC should come clean.
Acholi TMC has in their ranks very reputable public characters with unique public standing hence the confidence entrusted to them to lead Acholi Province. The individual silence of these personalities on the issue of accountability who are reputed for honesty is so loud. Is this all about collective responsibility or it’s because ‘fish begins to rot from the head?’
Tomorrow is Thursday, TMCs proposed date for a comprehensive accountability. Other than figures, these are issues that can guide you to restore public confidence.
Lapeny pe labal is a proverb in Acholi. Since it’s not wrong to ask questions; I have 10 questions that should enhance accountability.
10 Questions to TMC
In 2009, American Rapper 50 Cents played a song titled 21 Questions. In the lyrics of the song, he asked,” Would you love me if I was down and out? Its 2019 and 10 years since he played the song and I have only 10 questions after which TMC can ask,” Would you love me if I was down and out?.
- Other than the sealed FUFA tickets, where there any other an authorized printed tickets?
- In your report to FUFA, it was signed by one Makmot. Was he permitted to act on your behalf or he impersonated as a member of Acholi TMC?
- Did you write receipts on making payments to all your volunteers?
- One 04 served you as sales representative and claims his remittance has not been reflected in your accountability. Is it true he handed to you as a team 2.8million Shillings?
- Did TMC permit all the sales persons (volunteers inclusive) and sales points? If not who were your official delegated sales persons?
- Did Acholi TMC approve the financial report sent to FUFA on its letter head signed by your representative Lamex?
- Is it true that your bouncers were paid at different rates with no receipts and requested not to speak up with the corporate bouncers? If so, who did you delegate to make payments?
- In your FUFA report, it indicates you paid for a public address system at 1.2 million shillings. Is this true? If so, which service provider?
- Did Acholi TMC delegate a member to receive money from MPs on its behalf? If so, has it been reflected in your official report to FUFA?
- Was money counted, saved and disbursed from Gulu District Council in accordance to your plan?
In the event that most answers to this questions is a YES, then its only imperative that the responsible persons have to ask the fans the same question, Would you love me if I was down and out? To answer this question one has to also question their own morality whether they stand for impunity or against impunity.
Mahatma Ghandi once said, “It’s wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” While the public may never hold any volunteers to be criminally liable; the reputation of this members if proven so remains dented as corrupt and undeserving members of this society and what the leadership decides to do after failing to meet public confidence is how it will be remembered in the future.
Author is a Blogger based in Gulu.