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AUDIO: Referee Kiweewa solicits for bribe, gets indefinite ban

Referee Emmanuel Kiweewa (yellow) in a confrontation with SC Villa players when they lost 1-0 to Vipers during the second leg of the 2017 Stanbic Uganda Cup at Kitende

National referee Emmanuel Kiweewa might kiss his career goodbye after he was recorded on phone while soliciting for a bribe.

In a recorded telephone conversation, Kiweewa was involved in a discussion with Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) head coach Noah Mugerwa demanding for UGX 1 million.

This was ahead of the return leg of the University Football League semi-final match between UMU and St Lawrence University in Nkozi on October 18th, 2019.

The tie ended 1-1, a result that tied the game 2-2 on aggregate before St Lawrence University won 3-2 on penalties to advance to the final UFL final for the first time in their history.

In the audio, Kiweewa is heard telling Mugerwa how it would be important if they (UMU) qualified for this final much as St Lawrence officials were also in need of his services.

“Tell the manager to finalise anything today,” Kiweewa tells Mugerwa who in return asks the former what his offer would be.

“Let them get like UGX 1 million then leave the rest to us because they need to get to the final,” Kiweewa reveals.

Referee Emmanuel Kiweewa’s telephone interview with UMU coach Noah Mugerwa

“You have invested a lot and you wouldn’t want to get here only to fail to make the final yet we can do that for you.”

“For your information, everyone is scared of me because they know if I come to officiate your game, I mean business” he added.

FUFA Referee’s Standing Committee later on Tuesday, October 22nd, released a statement suspending Kiweewa indefinitely on the subject.

Kiweewa has been at the centre of a number controversial decision, in the different football competitions, ranging from the Uganda Premier League, Masaza Cup, UFL even in Futsal competitions.

He risks being banned from all football-related activities if the FUFA Ethics Investigatory Chamer finds in guilty for his actions since he has a number of pending cases in the same line.

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FUFA suspends Emmanuel Kiweewa – The Touchline October 23, 2019 at 12:13 PM

[…] for a bribe so as to manipulate or influence the results of the match. In an Audio released by Football 256, the Centre Referee for the said match is heard speaking to Uganda Martyrs University Head Coach […]

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