Former Uganda Cranes and KCCA FC attacking midfielder Mike Mutyaba has opened up on joining politics as he eyes for a position of Councillor LC V for Mutundwe Parish in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.
Mutyaba retired this year this year on doctor’s advice due to a heart problem.
He is the latest sports-bred person to seek Political seats on a long list that also include FUFA president Moses Magogo.
“Leadership is just a calling I believe,” Mutyaba told The-SportsNation. “I have been building myself to become a good leader, it’s not an idea I just got in days.”
“I have always served and acted as an example in communities that have stayed.”
Mutyaba’s football career speaks volumes about how great a player he has been, and his conduct on and off the pitch has been a benchmark on how a good footballer should be. He has been greatly admired and a great inspiration to teammates and future stars.
He will remain serving the game of football, and an official at KCCA FC confirmed recently that Mutyaba will join the club’s technical bench.
“I am being employed by KCCA FC but that doesn’t mean I can’t serve other duties,” Mutyaba, who converted to Islam and got the name ‘Sulaiman’, added.
He says that he is not joining any political party because “I am here to serve all people in their respective capacities. Let it be religion, culture or tribe, we all belong together.”
To join Politics, he has been inspired by his Village LC1 Chairman Hajji Musisi who he says that he has done everything possible for the good of his people.
“Most people in my area are oppressed and have no voice so I stand to be there voice, lots of issues in my area need to be addressed,” the soft spoken Mutyaba adds
“There are poor roads, my people need good healthy services as well as other clean water.
“We have a shortage of water in our area through the district chairman I believe we can have the issue sorted by pinning the government pride.”
Mutyaba adds that he wants to create employment opportunities given that the nation is full of unemployed youths.
He has also advised footballers to learn to invest while they are still earning.
He adds: “We lack leisure centers mostly playing fields if available the conditions can’t favor or help in naturing talents but as an ex international I want to emphasize the provision of fields and I want people to know that besides leisure sports is a business.”
The LC V councilor to be, was born to the late Robert Serunjogi and Josephine Nakkazi of Kirumba Katwe in Masaka in 1991.
He studied at Masaka Baptist Primary School, Sir Apollo Kaggwa, Standard High School Zzana and St Mary’s Kitende.
His club football career has seen him play for Bunamwaya (now Vipers), Sudan’s Al-Merrikh, TP Mazembe (DR Congo), Express FC and KCCA FC.