Masaza Cup: Chairman Ssejjengo Arrested In Kooki

Masaza Cup Organizing Committee Chairman Sulaiman Ssejjengo has been arrested in Rakai before kickoff of the match between hosts Kooki and Butambala.

Ssejjengo was arrested by Police on Saturday on orders of Kooki County Chief Kamuswaga Apollo Ssansa Kabumbui II.

Kamuswaga insists that no Buganda Kingdom activities should be held in Kooki, the latest low between the two parties.

“Masaza Cup has learnt with dismay of the arrest of the Chairperson Mr. Sulaiman Ssejengo by Police in Kooki,” said Buganda Sports Minister Henry Ssekabembe.

“Mr Sejjengo was in his official capacity as the match commissioner in the game that was scheduled to be played in Lwanda.

Last weekend, Kamuswaga also stopped Kooki’s match to be held in the area.

Ssejjengo and Minister Ssekabembe

“To our understanding, this act contravenes the rules and regulations of the game,” Ssekabembe added

“Football doesn’t entertain tribal, political and religious differences. It’s our prayer if there are political and administrative issues to be sorted they must not interfere with the game of football.”

Kooki is under the Kingdom of Buganda, but have for the last 10 years plotted to break away claiming that Mengo failed to honor their demands.

It is said that Kamuswaga demanded to be accorded a special status higher than that of other county chiefs, and also wants to have his throne inside the Mengo Lukiiko hall.

Ssekabembe said that the Masaza Cup is organised with the “strategic intention” of uniting the Kings subjects.

He appealed to all fans and Buganda community in general “to stay calm as the final position on the matter shall be communicated in due course.”

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