The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima appointed a task team to investigate the allegations of death threats by SMS against Moses Kipsiro, the 10,000 meters Commonwealth Games Champion, it emerged Thursday night.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said, “This follows continuous complaints by Moses Kipsiro on how he had received an anonymous threat of death by SMS.”
According to Kipsiro, five female athletes approached him at the training camp for the African Cross-Country Championships, saying they were sexually abused by the head coach of the Police Camp in Kapchorwa, Peter Wemali.
Kipsiro further revealed that Wemali told girls he would make them pregnant after which they would abort thus widening their private parts to run faster like Kenyan athletes.
Subsequently, Kipsiro took the matter to Uganda’s athletics federation and police, calling for deeper investigations.
Interestingly, both institutions hesitated to act, possibly fearing Wemali’s response.
Kipsiro says he started receiving death threats and that his brother’s life was threatened too.
Despite being one of the world’s leading distance runners, he was dropped from the team which was supposed to participate in the World Cross Country Championships in China.
Yet, Kipsiro had successfully defended his Commonwealth Games 10,000m title in Glasgow in 2014.
According to Enanga, Aronda constituted the investigations team on April 2, 2015.
“The team that comprises of experts from ICT, Criminal investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), and Police Headquarters is headed by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Edward Ochom,” said Enanga.
He further said the committee “has commenced investigations that are expected to be completed within four (4) weeks. An investigative report supporting their findings and recommendations will be submitted respectively.”
The police publicist said, “No arrests have been made so far, as the team is proceeding with much caution and professionalism.”
Police used the opportunity to caution the public that “any threat to a person’s life in whatever form is punishable by law”.
“We would like to therefore, encourage all recipients of threats under different forms to contact police and report it immediately for further investigations,” said Enanga.
Kipsiro had started contemplating seeking refugee status abroad over the death threats, a move that would have embarrassed the Ugandan government.
The Daily Monitor reported Friday that Wemali was arrested and detained at Jinja Road Police station on Thursday before being transferred to Kapchorwa where he will be paraded in court today on charges related to sexual abuses.