The 2019/2020 sports budget was increased from 17b to Sh 26.2bn in a speech read yesterday by finance minister Matia Kasaija at Serena Conference Hall in Kampala.
However, this will see 20bn split between the ministry’s sports department and National Council of sports.
This is a huge boast to the sports sector with FUFA as a federation taking the lions share of 10bn shillings as opposed to other sporting federations.
Moses Muhangi, the Uganda Boxing Federation President, who has continously expressed dissatisfaction with the sharing of the cake once again expressed his unhappiness with the outcome of the budget.
“It doesn’t matter how much is given to sports. What is important is the criteria used in distribution of the money,” he stressed.
Meanwhile FUFA has completed the transfer of payments to each of the teams that competed in the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League including payments for match officials.
This follows the hefty allocation of resources the federation received in the budget. According to the Federations official website, sixteen teams that took part in the UPL will share Sh 128 million in prize money.
KCCA who were champions of the 2018/19 season got 60m.
The referees’ allowances worth 180m is also cleared as the federation used 130 match officials in the Star Times Uganda Premier League with each official being paid Sh 150,000 per game.