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Olympic Escapee Ssekitoleeko Returns; Whisked Away at Entebbe Airport by Security

After interrogation for over two hours, he was whisked away from the airport, at a time the airport staff had notified his relatives and journalists that Ssekitoleeko had been released and would exit like any other passenger.
Juliet Nalwadda, Ssekitoleeko's mother storms Rev. Can. Duncans Mugumya's car over her son's whereabouts

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Security operatives have whisked away weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleeko after his arrival from Japan at Entebbe International Airport.

Airport security officials have told Uganda Radio Network that Ssekitoleeko has been taken to Ministry of Internal Affairs  headquarters.  "We have not pressed any charges against him but taken him to the ministry to get some logistical issues sorted out because he needs financial support."

Ssekitoleeko escaped from the hotel for Team Uganda in Izumisano and was found in the city of Yokkaichi a week later.He reportedly left a note in his hotel room saying he wanted to remain in Japan and work.

But police arrested him and he was returned to the hotel.Thereafter the governments of Japan and Uganda agreed that he should be deported.

 

Now, this morning as the Olympic games kicked off this morning in Tokyo, Ssekitoleeko  made his way back home.

Escorted by Shiiya Kechini,  a Japanese official attached to Team Uganda,  Ssekitoleeko arrived at 8:15am aboard Qatar Airways.

After going through the immigration booth at the Arrivals Section inside the Passenger Terminal, Ssekitoleeko was handed over to the police officers at the airport.

After interrogation for over two hours, he was later whisked away from the airport, at a time the airport staff had notified his relatives and journalists that Ssekitoleeko had been released and would exit like any other passenger.

However, a few minutes after, the media and Ssekitoleeko's mother Juliet Nalwadda realised that the security operatives had whisked Ssekitoleeko in a private vehicle, a double cabin.

As a result, Nalwadda run after Rev. Can. Duncans Mugumya, the incoming Commissioner Physical Education and Sports at the education ministry, demanding to know where her son has been taken.

Mugumya explained that the immigration department has taken over the issue because they would like to know why Ssekitoleeko escaped in Japan.

Nalwadda insisted and followed Mugumya to his vehicle parked outside the VIP lounge at the airport.

After minutes of back and forth discussions over the matter, Mugumya allowed Nalwada, Pauline Nakasagga (Ssekitoleeko's sister) to sit in his car.

Meanwhile, Ssekitoleeko's  girlfriend Desire Nampeewo is urging government to release him, saying he left the camp after he was told he had not qualified to participate in the Olympic games. Yet, he had been in Tokyo for a month undertaking training.

"So he was bitter and left the camp, saying he is going to look for a job," Nampeewo says.

Nalwadda says her son has done his best to represent the country, first as a rugby player and now weightlifting. "He has won many medals, but he has no job," she said. "He has been evicted from his house and his wife is pregnant."

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Mugumya  says that the ministry of education and Sports will also institute disciplinary measures against Ssekitoleeko because he breached the code of conduct that among others requires athletes to stay in the camp and seek permission before moving out of the camp.

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He adds that Ssekitoleeko will be punished so that he knows that he breached the code of conduct and it will also deter other potential escapees.

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