The more things change, the more they remain the same.
One of the key takeaways from last week’s commissioning of the extended Fufa office is that the football fraternity is not gullible as some may think. One respectable member of the executive boldly intimated to me how the federation is moving farther away from the other football stakeholders.
That Moses Magogo, the Fufa head, has allocated himself a full floor solely for himself. That he has also gotten security escotes to guard the convict…the list is endless.
What all this got me thinking is the famous George Orwell novel called Animal Farm, especially the main character, Napoleone, whom Magogo is trying so hard to emulate. In Animal Farm, Napoleon rose to the top through educating the others on the principles of life, the same way Magogo’s football journey started as a fierce critic who penned weekly dossiers about developing football at the grassroots.
Napoleon later assumed power through intrigue and changed the governance structure of the farm, a similar route Magogo took when he took the Fufa reins. Napoleon would later claim credit for the windmill idea started by his predecessor, the exact thing Magogo claimed when Uganda qualified for the Nations Cup by disregarding the work of his mentor Dr Lawrence Mulindwa.
Napoleone made the animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill and when it collapsed after a violent storm, he convinced the animals that his predecessor is trying to sabotage the project.
Does that ring a bell with the recent ticketing scandal when Magogo blamed saboteurs for his fraud conviction?
Incidentally, Napoleon never participated in the battle to overthrow the former farm owner, Mr Jones, the same way Magogo was nowhere in the fight to revolutionise football. But later, Napoleon postured around by representing himself as the hero of the battle, a similar tactic Magogo has employed to declare himself the ‘revolutionary president.’
In all his reign, Napoleon spent most of the time trying to convince other animals that they are better off than they were under Mr Jones.
To win favours from Napoleon, many animals became his bootlickers and the trend with Magogo’s legion of praise singers is astounding.
Under Napoleon’s rule, the windmill is rebuilt [Read return to Afcon qualification in 2017], and another windmill is constructed [Afcon 2019], which makes the farm a good amount of income [Government and corporate sponsorship].
In spite of this, however, Napoleon had thrown away the ideals and foundation on which all this was done.
For instance, he created a barricade around him and changed the seven commandments into just one phrase: ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ I guess you can see the similarities with how Magogo has ring-fenced himself from the delegates by creating new barriers such as an officer in charge of delegates affairs and a whole floor dedicated to himself alone.
The author is Nyamityobora FC president.