The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni has instructed the Inspector General of Government to start investigating into claims that Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA), Moses Magogo illegally sold the 2014 World Cup tickets meant for Ugandans to foreigners.
In June 2017, ahead of the FUFA elections that brought in Magogo, Ssewanyana claimed that he (Magogo) was involved in the illicit trading of 2014 World Cup tickets that were designated for Ugandans, by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup.
He said that the move was a breach of the FIFA statutes, FIFA Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary Code.
As such, he petitioned the world’s football governing body, FIFA, CID Director Grace Akullo and the Minister of Education and Sports to lodge investigations into the matter.
FIFA would later on July 23, 2018 open an investigation into the matter and in a statement on October 10, the Chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee said he had ratified the plea bargain entered into by Magogo.
Subsequently, FIFA slapped a Shs 37m fine on Magogo on top of a two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.
Ssewanyana who also doubles as Makindye West legislator would later tell this news website that after the FIFA ruling, he wanted the Ugandan government to prosecute the FUFA President for fraud and corruption since he had admitted to have fraudulently sold the tickets.
“Fraud is an offence in the Ugandan laws and it has some bit of corruption because if you are to be given money behind the door meant for an institution and this money ends up in your personal pockets, then that is corruption and misuse of office,” Ssewanyana told SoftPower News.
“In 2017, I also petitioned the Director Criminal Investigations on the same matter but she has remained tight-lipped despite me opening up a case against Eng Magogo,” he added.
Ssewanyana wondered why the line minister, Janet Museveni had remained tight-lipped on the matter.
“She has never mentioned any single word, not even showing any interest in the matter I raised. I don’t understand why the silence on her part on this illicit trading of 2014 World Cup tickets that were designated for Ugandans”
“Is she condoning these acts of theft against the people of Uganda?”asked the legislator.
On October 17, Ssewanyana’s lawyers wrote to the minister bringing her attention to the matter to which she acknowledged receipt on November 18.
In her response, the Minister who expressed pleasure with the lawyers’ concern into the matter, said her Ministry has already sought for legal opinion and guidance from the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on the way forward to establish facts and information regarding the sale of tickets.
“I have also requested the Inspector General of Government to investigate this matter in view of the laws of Uganda and take appropriate further action as necessary,” writes the Minister.
Our efforts to reach, Ssewanyana for a comment on the latest development were futile since his known telephone contacts were out of reach by the time of publication.