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Uganda Boxing Federation president Muhangi arrested, remanded to Luzira

Moses Muhangi (c) being led to Luzira prison

Moses Muhangi (c) being led to Luzira prison

The president of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), Moses Muhangi has been remanded to Luzira prison on charges of forgery and uttering a false document.

Yesterday Thursday Muhangi, a businessman and a resident of Kololo in Kampala district was arraigned before Nakawa chief magistrate Ritah Neumbe Kidasa. 

The court heard that Muhangi together with Lydia Namutebi who is the former accountant of UBF, between the months of March and April 2022 at the head offices of the federation in Lugogo in Kampala district, forged a company receipt of Tents 4 U Company Ltd.

The court further heard that; Muhangi, on April 19, 2022, at the National Council of Sports (NCS) offices at Lugogo knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document purporting to have been issued by the owners of the Tents 4 U whereas not.  

He however denied the charges against them and as a result, he has been remanded to Luzira prison until May 31 after being denied bail. The remand comes just a day after his colleague Sarah Babirye Kityo, president of the Uganda Netball Federation who is facing charges of obtaining money by false pretense was granted bail after spending two nights in Luzira.

For the last few months, the two federation leaders have been vocal critics of the secretary general of the National Council of Sports (NCS), Dr Bernard Ogwel, accusing the organization of unfair funding practices towards sports federations. Babirye cited the netball team trip to South Africa in 2021 for the Male Netball Championship where Ogwel reportedly demanded Shs 40 million cash in kickback out of the allocated Shs 100 million.

Muhangi was arrested on Tuesday afternoon when he had gone back to CID headquarters where he had recorded statements a day before after being referred there over the same issues. It is alleged that after recording statements at CID, he was given a police bond which was to last 48 hours, but was called back and detained.  

Earlier, while appearing before the ad-hoc committee that was constituted to start investigations into the activities of NCS, Muhangi boldly accused the head of NCS of abusing his authority by exerting pressure on federations to account for funds that had not been allocated to them.

Muhangi alleged that in 2019 while taking a team to participate in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers, the federation was given only Shs 45 million by the National Council of Sports but the federation was instead requested to account for Shs 600 million. 

The prolonged confrontation between NCS and several sports federations has been ongoing, with the NCS consistently leveling accusations against certain federations for their alleged inability to provide a proper financial account of the funds they receive from the council.  

Speaking to journalists shortly after the court hearing, Muhangi said that he is a victim of a deliberate witch-hunt as a direct consequence of his outspoken criticism of those who are supposed to bring justice to the boxers he represents.  

He further asked President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and the minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni to take a keen interest in the matter, emphasizing that their involvement is crucial for resolving the issues at hand.

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