Coach Wemali in jail, Kipsiro flies to S.Africa


Coach Wemali (R) being escorted to prison (Photo by New Vision)


Court has further remanded the embattled Athletics Coach Peter Wemali as investigations into the cases against him are still ongoing.

Wemali appeared this morning before Rob Williams Okecho, the Kapchorwa Chief Magistrate.

Prosecution asked court for more time pending conclusion of the investigations into the cases against the suspect prompting the magistrate to send back Wemali on remand until May 25th.

Wemali is facing charges of rape and defilement.

He is accused of raping and defiling three junior athletes aged 15, 16 and 17 years.

Trouble for Wemali started last month after Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Uganda’s Commonwealth 5,000meters gold medalists refused to travel for the IAAF Cross Country Championship in China citing death threats from the coach.

Kipsiro accused Wemali, the former coach of the Police Club of sending him threatening messages after he exposed him in 2014 for sexually harassing young female athletes during training.

As a result, Police swung in action and picked up the coach.

Meanwhile, Kipsiro on Wednesday travelled to South Africa to participate in a road race.

Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) confirmed to URN that Kipsiro together with Timothy Toriotich will participate in the road race on Sunday in Cape Town.

Kipsiro is using the event to fine tune ahead of a big race in the United States of America later this month.
In March Kipsiro refused to travel to China when he withdrew from the IAAF World Cross Country Championship after claiming that one of the athletics coaches Peter Wemali had sent him a death threatening message.


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