Athletics coach Peter Wemali has been lined up for arrest following fresh confessions by three teenage runners, that he raped them on gun point.
The teenage runners recorded statements in Kapchorwa on Thursday accusing him of sexual harassment and the police have now flagged Wemali a wanted man.
Police authorities were convinced by the confessions of the assaulted girls and pledged to do everything possible.
This follows a meeting that involved stakeholders and leaders from the three Sebei Sub Region districts of Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo on Wednesday according to Daily Monitor.
Sam Cheptoris, the Kapchorwa District LC5 chairman and athletics enthusiast, led the meeting and Sipi Region Police Commander, James Ruhweza is quoted clarifying that the coach isn’t above the law.
“Wemali is like any other person in this country and if he has committed rape, defilement and assault like these young girls are testifying we are going to have him arrested and charged.”
One of the girls made confessions that left elders that attended the meeting in tears. “He (Wemali) lured me to his house one day and raped me. I feared to scream because there was a panga and knife in the house. He also had a pistol,” one of the girls, aged 15, revealed during the meeting.
Wemali dismissed the allegations branding them ‘a new Kipsiro project’. The coach was also invited for the meeting but reportedly turned down the invitation.
The saga commenced in march last year, after the Africa Cross Country championships when Moses Kipsiro revealed to media that Peter Wemali sexually harassing junior female runners.
The duo have since been at loggerheads and Kipsiro still thinks coach Wemali should be banned from the sport.
Kipsiro was also forced to abandon the World Cross-country Championships in Guiyang, China claiming he had received death threats. He suggested Wemali could have been behind them.
10,000 meters double Commonwealth gold medalist Moses Kipsiro
Later Wemali’s house was burnt and Simon Ayeko also an athlete and cousin to Kipsiro got arrested. The coach accused the duo of having connived to commit the crime, but Ayeko was three days later released on Police bond. He claimed he was innocent.
Sipi RPC Ruhweza, who was overwhelmed by the runner’s confessions confirmed their reception of the statements, promising maximum attention to the case recorded recorded under reference number GEF1/2015.
“Sincerely, I was touched by the girls’ confessions. They vented out their outcry that they have never been helped. It is prudent upon us to help them.
“We have started fresh investigations and action will be taken as soon as possible,” he told Monitor.
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga earlier called on government to explain why the case hasn’t been resolved since last year and stakeholders have since moved a petition to parliament to disband the Uganda Athletics Federation on grounds of corruption and failing to protect the athletes.