Kampala, Uganda – The reappointment of the former Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin Sredojević Micho has sparked a fierce Twitter war between Moses Magogo, the president of the Federation of the Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and Robert Kabushenga, the former Managing Director of government owned Vision group.
On Tuesday evening, FUFA announced the reappointment of the Serbian tactician as Uganda Cranes head coach on a three-year contract. The appointment comes four years after resigned from the Uganda Cranes on June 29, 2017 citing nonpayment of salaries for several months.
This morning, Robert Kabushenga took to his Twitter handle, cautioning the newly appointed gaffer not to cry again if he is not paid like it was the case before.
“Coach Micho, I hope this time you have been paid in advance. Unless of course you are returning as a volunteer. If they pickpocket you again don’t come here to make noise for us,” Kabushenga said in a tweet.
Magogo tweeted back asking Kabushenga to provide his account numbers for the local FA to deposit Micho’s pay.
“With you as the country head boy, we will make sure that in this new contract we pay him through your bank account,” Magogo said.
This didn’t go down well with Kabushenga, who replied, saying “stupidity is not a badge of honor. It is not a good idea to wear it in full public view. But then again you are far too tone deaf to understand it in normal times you should be in jail and weightlifter Julius Sekitoleko should be an MP. But then God has played a cruel joke on us as a country & it is the other way round. But it takes a special kind of idiocy to make a mockery of it. I give up.”
Magogo tweeted back, saying Kabushenga has no more authority to discuss football. “There is no amount of literature that takes away the fact that you got overrated for a long time, a FUFA President suitor for the last decade who uses the public institution to fight a football association has no moral right to shamelessly pose certain questions”. Adding that, “It looks like tweeting is your retirement hobby. Dot.com era Jajja does not tell stories around fire places but tweets. Just provide us your bank details to be receiving the man’s salaries. Thank you for the good job”
The war between Magogo and Kabushenga sucked in other netizens. Kakwenza Rukira had no kind words for both men.
“Kabushenga’s hooliganism is hidden in farming and masquerading on twitter as a hard working retired intellectual while Magogo’s hooliganism is hidden in football and politics. Both their successes entirely a result of co-optation and bum-licking the dictator,” he said.
Eric Muhumuza said “Not Kabushenga saying “God has played a cruel joke on us as a country” when he was the head of the largest paper that carried water for this regime and laundered its propaganda.”
James Kiyaga said the war between the two perfectly described the effects of the lockdown “the early morning twar and violence between Robert Kabushenga and Moses Mogogo is a true definition of the effects of a lockdown. Though I think Magogo is trailing by 3 goals to nil.”
Isaac N. Mpanga reminded his followers how Magogo elbowed Kabushenga from the FUFA presidential race.
“These streets might have forgotten how magogo elbowed my brother Kabushenga when he attempted to run for the FA presidency. Kabushenga was more qualified then as he is now. Insulting him and calling him a pensioner doesn’t make the man from the east wiser or better,” he tweeted.
The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Frank Tumwebaaze also joined those commenting on the war, saying “Kabushenga, I will quarantine u in the house & declare u not wanted in that banana.”
MP David Kabanda replied quoting a well-known Islamic tradition, which requires good treatment for certain categories of people. Islamic teachings command us to be careful with people who once had power, money and lost them. Kabushenga might have lost one of these two.”
BBC Correspondent Alan Kasujja has offered mediation.
“Eh! Kabushenga and Moses Magogo, when I’m next in town, I propose we have coffee.
How do you see? Atte bambi temunvuma. I come in peace,” he tweeted.