Okwi Bags Hat-trick, as Oloya Stumbles

Emanuel Okwi scored a hat-trick on Wednesday

The Uganda national volleyball team have suffered their first loss at the ongoing All African games qualifiers at the Lugogo MTN arena at the hands of the Egypt national team.

The Lady Volleyball Cranes were Wednesday thrashed three straight sets.

The ladies exposed their weaknesses in defending/blocking as early as the first set where they were beaten 25-12.

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Uganda gradually picked up though not enough to set a comeback as they lost 25-12 and a narrow 25-23 in the second and third sets respectively.

The last set was the most heartbreaking to the fans after Uganda gave away the game with a 23-22 lead.

Kenya later beat Ethiopia in three Straight sets to go top of the log.
The Inspector General of Police, visit this site Gen. Kale Kayihura has finally spoken out on the Shs 169bn pension scam in which his officers from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate authored two parallel investigation reports that subsequently ‘killed’ the case.

In a press statement released on Wednesday night, drug the police chief did not deny the allegations of CIID officials taking bribes during the probe into the sophisticated syndicate by the ministry of Public Service officials and the Cairo International Bank in plundering taxpayers’ money.

Kayihura however stated the case was not dismissed by the court due to lack of evidence adduced to the court by the Directorate of Public Prosecution that used police investigations but was knocked down on “technicalities”.

“We wish to clarify that while the court case was dismissed, ampoule it was on a technicality and not on absence of substantive evidence,” part of Gen Kayihura’s statement released last evening reads in part.

He defended the work of his officers which he described as “thorough” and “comprehensive” and revealed the case shall be reopened since they still have evidence.

“The Police investigation of the case was thorough and comprehensive. Strong evidence in form of witnesses and exhibits is available. In fact, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Police are working together to ensure that the case is reinstituted.”

Police in 2012 arrested Cairo International Bank bosses and Public Service Ministry officials for being part of a scheme where ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

The suspects included CIB general manager operations, Muhammad Ahmad Tarek; his assistant, Ishaka Ssentongo and compliance officer, Rahmah Mugeere.

Others were Grace Beinomugisha (head of customer care); Ismail Kizito and Abbey Kaddu, the authorizing officer.

In the Public service, Permanent Secretary Jimmy Lwamafa and Principal Accountant Christopher Obey, Kiwanuka Kunsa, David Oloka, Francis Lubega and Stephen Lwanga were temporarily held for embezzlement, neglect of duty, abuse of office and causing financial loss.

The case was going on smoothly until police wrote another report largely exonerating the suspects in the staggering Shs149bn fraud.

The money stolen by a syndicate of officials in the Public Service Ministry and Cairo International Bank can tarmac 169 kilometres of a road.

Kayihura admitted that bribery cases were received by the force’s disciplinary body which investigated them.

“As for allegations of bribery, the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) of the Police, from time to time, throughout the investigation, received and investigated such allegations, and played a commendable role in protecting the investigation.”

Meanwhile, the two detectives whom CIID Chief Grace Akullo blamed for taking bribes are being investigated by the Professional Standards Unit of police.

“In respect of the specific allegations contained in the story, the PSU has taken up the matter, and will make thorough and comprehensive investigation not only in the allegations, but, also, how two contradictory reports could have been sent to the DPP by the CIID,” said Kayihura.

However, the detectives also said they have a story to tell.

Kayihura said the negative engagements by the detectives didn’t lead to the collapse of the case.

“Therefore, while we acknowledge that there could have been shortcomings on the part of some officers involved in the investigation, this was not fatal to the case,” he argued.

“In fact, the CIID working closely with the DPP did a commendable job. Accordingly, the assertions in the story that the Police killed the case are not correct. The case is alive and kicking and will be caused to be reinstated by the DPP, as we have indicated above, and thanks to the efforts of the Police, there is sufficient evidence implicating the suspects, and which will be adduced when the hearing takes off.”
Ugandan International striker, about it Emmanuel Okwi bagged a hat trick when his current club Samba SC ran a 4-0 rout on Mgambo JKT in a midweek Vodacom Premier League game.

The opponents pulled two dangerous attempts within the first five minutes but Simba’s custodian, treatment Ivo Mapunda did well to keep them off.

However, diagnosis the Cranes striker picked from their tormenting Mgambo’s defence, assisting Mohammed ‘Tshabalala’ Hussein in the fifth minute but only for the third official to rule it for offside.

Four minutes later Okwi struck the opener from Hassan Kessy’s short pass after rounding off the visitor’s defenCe.

Six minutes after the goal, Okwi was fouled just inches outside the box and Ramadhan ‘Messi’ Singano made no mistake in the resulting free kick, driving it in for the second goal.

The former SC Villa striker then struck his first half brace just four minutes into the break after Malima Busungu and Novaty Bufungu failed to clear of danger.

On resumption, the Ugandan man of the match came in more determined and his efforts paid off just after six minutes, connecting Ibrahim Hajib’s pass to complete his hat trick.

The match also fully featured Murshid Juuko and Joseph Owino with Simon Sserunkuma playing for only an hour.

Elsewhere, magic feet Moses Oloya played full time as his Vietnamese side Binh Duong was beaten 3-1 by Chinese side Shangdong Luneng in an Asian Champions league group stage match.

The loss means the attacker wont feature in the knockout stages since his team is mathematically eliminated.

In PSL, Cranes number one Dennis Onyango is suspended as his side, Mamelodi Sundowns faces Platinum stars.


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