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The Uganda Athletics Federation UAF has they did not protect jailed coach Peter Wemali who has been alleged to have sexually harassed female athletes in camp ahead of the 2014 Africa Cross Country Championship.
UAF President Dominic Otuchet (R) together with Sports Minister, Charles Bakkabulindi (C

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The Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) says that it did not protect jailed coach Peter Wemali who has been alleged to have sexually harassed female athletes in camp ahead of the 2014 Africa Cross Country Championship.

Dominic Otuchet, the UAF President told Uganda Radio Network's Andrew Jackson Oryada, Thursday,  that the Committee they tasked to investigate the matter did a good job and worked within their terms of reference.

The scandal came to light after team captain Moses Kipsiro, a Commonwealth Games double gold medalist and one of Uganda's top distance runners said he had received  complaints that the coach in question told female runners that they had to have sex in order to perform better on the track.

Otuchet said they appointed an independent committee of people of repute and proven integrity and their investigation discovered that Wemali was innocent and there was nothing like sexual harassment in the camp ahead of the Championship.

However Otuchet went ahead to confirm that although the Committee cleared Wemali, they did not lift his suspension because they had tasked Police to investigate the criminal record of the coach.

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Wemali has been under detention in Kapchorwa on fresh charges of rape and defilement. Court last week heard that medical reports showed that the coach had infected three minors aged 15, 16 and 17 with the HIV/Aids virus. He will reappear in Court on May 14th. Otuchet clearly said the current case in the Kapchorwa Court has nothing to do with the first allegations.

Nanziri Lynn Bukomeso, secretary to the committee that handled the investigations who also attended the press conference disclosed to URN that they investigated the matter well and spoke to all parties. She revealed that the Committee discovered that some of the athletes had been offered money to reveal that they been sexually harassed by Wemali.

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But Jasper Aligawesa, the National Council of Sports Secretary general told URN that it was not right to keep the coach suspended once the committee found him innocent. Aligawesa said this was a big challenge which should have been handled then.