Controversial city lawyer Male Mabirizi is unhappy with the decision taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to have Uganda as one of the hosts of the 2027 African Cup of Nations.
CAF announced on September 27th that Uganda, together with Kenya and Tanzania, will host the 2027 African Cup of Nations. The development has, however, not been welcomed by all Ugandans, and among those unhappy with the decision is lawyer Male Mabirizi.
Mabirizi has written to CAF requesting to have the decision revisited and/or reversed on grounds that Uganda lacks democratic leadership, denies citizens a right to a fair trial, militarizes Kampala streets, lacks freedom of assembly, and exists corruption and nepotism.
Mabirizi further alleges that Mandela National Stadium was developed at the expense of people’s homes and property, yet they were not compensated. He also claims that the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) lacks legitimate leadership.
Mabirizi says CAF should not take advantage to ‘dupe the world about our suffering’ but should stand with Ugandans during this time.
“I therefore request that you reverse the decision so Uganda is excluded from organizing the 2027 African Cup of Nations. As a federation, you are required to stand with Ugandans during this dictatorship and despotic turmoil,” writes Mabirizi.
The controversial lawyer says the safety and rights of the participants and visitors during the AFCON 2027 may be compromised by Museveni’s government.