Mugwanya shocked at Bright Stars’ incapability to appeal Kajoba’s suspension

Bright stars Chief Executive Officer Mathias Mugwanya is shocked at the fact the club cannot appeal head coach Fred Kajoba’s suspension after “allegedly” using of abusive language towards referee Denis Batte.

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Fred Kajoba

The incident that happened on the opening day of the season on Tuesday against Vipers led to the tactician getting a four match touchline ban.

According to the letter signed by league CEO Bernard Bainamani, Kajoba broke article 30(2) of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) Competitions Rules 2017/18 that says;

‘A participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute or use any one, or a combination of; violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behavior.’

Pursuant to article 30(8), Mr Fred Kajoba has been given a four match touchline ban for AUPL matches with immediate effect.

Even though the club acknowledged the incident happened, they have since requested a fair hearing – an option they believe FUFA should have provided.

“‘We were shocked by the decision of Uganda Premier League to ban our Head coach without giving him a chance for natural justice of a fair hearing,” Mugwanya told the club’s official website.

“The FUFA Investigatory and Judicatory bodies would have helped in getting the truth on such an alleged incident by the FIFA referee and decisions on matters committed in the open or closed place.

“The club will not lodge an appeal but it is important for the Uganda Premier League to always give clubs or individuals fair hearings for natural justice to prevail in such circumstances.”

Paul Kiwanuka-a CAF B licensed coach has been appointed to take charge for the games against Soana, Mbarara City, Kirinya Jinja SS and UPDF until Kajoba’s ban expires.

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