By Thomas Odongo
After various local football stakeholders launched complaints about match fixing that has led to biased match officiating at various levels of Ugandan football especially in the Uganda Premier League, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) last week set up a five-person Commission of Inquiry that will probe the issue.
The team will be chaired by Former East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) Speaker, Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega with the first sitting of the Commission due to get underway at Ivy's Hotel, Wakaliga.
Following Kidega's reputation and working experience at a regional level, various football stakeholders namely club owners, coaches, players, sponsors and even fans are confident that Kidega and his team will bring the culprits to book.
''FUFA did good to appoint Hon. Kidega as the leader of this team. I know he can handle this issue and us the stakeholders will co-operate if need arises. He has the capacity to do so because of his work background,'' KCCA FC Coach Mike Mutebi told Kampala Post.
Just like Mutebi, even the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo is very positive that Kidega will surely lead this team very well and return a good report.
''Kidega is a person of high integrity and we expect him to settle these grievances. I just want to request various stakeholders to comply and those summoned should show up and face the commission,'' Magogo noted.
Football fans from various rival camps albeit their little knowledge on such issues are confident that Kidega will do the needful and clear the match fixing cancer that is slowly eating up Uganda's football.
Kidega will be deputized by veteran police officer Muzafari Zirabamuzale who is well equipped with criminal law and is expected to work hand-in-hand with Kidega.
There are other three reputable members in the commission namely veteran football administrator Keneddy Mutenyo, Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante and Annet Nakamya.
Persons with information on match fixing are set to walk home with 1million shillings as the commission seeks to complete this work within one-month period.
In 2015, FUFA itself was probed for match fixing by Interpol after Uganda's 2-0 loss to Guinea in the AFCON Qualifiers.