Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Uganda’s Commonwealth Games 5,000 meters gold medal holder’s alleged death threat is now making headlines in international media.
The story has already been carried by Daily Mail, AFP and is expected to appear in the BBC as well.
Last month, Kipsiro decided to pull out of the team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championship citing death threats.
Kipsiro told URN at Lugogo stadium before the Vice president Edward Ssekandi flagged off the 20 man team to Guiyang China, that he is mentally disturbed after one of the coaches, Peter Wemali, threatened to kill him.
Uganda Athletics Federation officials led by Faustino Kiwa were later seen trying to convince Kipsiro to make the trip.
But Kipsiro later walked to the office of the Secretary General of the National Council of Sports (NCS), Jasper Aligawesa, for a closed meeting.
Police denies death complaint
The Uganda Police said that Kipsiro had not yet reported a death threat complaint.
Fred Enanga, the Police spokesman, said he was not aware of Kipsiro’s complaint to the authorities as regards the death threats.
“I am happy that although I did not see the Inspector General of Police (IGP) himself, I met an officer in the office and narrated the whole issue which they said will be handled,” Kipsiro later told URN.
Enanga categorically said that he had inquired from the relevant authorities in the IGP’s office and they are all not aware that Kipsiro reported a complaint.
Enanga, however, said when the matter comes to Police, it will definitely be handled accordingly.
Coach Wamali denies plan to kill Kipsiro
The coach of Police Athletics Club, Peter Wamali, also came clean denying any knowledge of any plans to kill Kipsiro.
Wemali said he was innocent and has no grudge against the star athlete.
He asked Kipsiro to report the matter to Police so that they can investigate the owner of the number that sent the message and if the person has any connections with him.
Athletics Federation decides to ban Kipsiro
The President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), Dominic Otuchet, days back announced that Kipsiro faces a ban for indiscipline.
Otuchet said investigations are going on to establish why Kipsiro pulled out of the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in China.
According to the Federations findings, the mobile phone number that sent the alleged death threatening message does not belong to Wemali.
One of the messages read: “continue putting me on press and tarnish me but remember one day, Chelimo will leave you or die and I will deal with you, trust me.”
This was in reference to Julius Chelimo; Kipsiro’s close friend and a soldier in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces- UPDF.
It should be remembered that last year, Kipsiro reported Wemali for sexually harassing female runners.
The athletes confessed how Wemali threatened to chase them from camp if they dared refuse his sexual advances.
Wemali was even suspended on the matter as police divided into investigations amid calls for his immediate arrest.
It is said the crime would have passed unnoticed had it not been for Kipsiro’s intervention.
However, as is the case with Ugandan incidences, this one too continues to stall until it melts away unresolved.