Coach of Police Athletics Club, Peter Wamali has denied having knowledge of any plans to kill national star runner Moses Ndeima Kipsiro.
The coach of Police Athletics Club, Peter Wamali has denied having knowledge of any plans to kill national star runner Moses Ndiema Kipsiro.
The double Commonwealth Games 10,000 champion on Wednesday opted out of the team traveling for the 2015 Cross Country Championship in China claiming Wemali sent him a message threatening his life.
In an interview with URN on Thursday, Wemali said he is innocent and has no grudge against the star athlete. He asked Kipsiro to report the matter to Police so that they can investigate the owner of the number that sent the message and if the person has any connections with him.
Kipsiro who reportedly reported the matter to the Inspector General of Police's (IGP) office on Thursday refused to travel to China claiming he was mentality affected by the message sent to his mobile phone.
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Last year Wemali was suspended by the athletics body for allegedly sexually harassing females athletes while in camp. Wemali's alleged violations were first reported by Kipsiro. But the Athletics body and an independent investigation by the Ministry of Education and Sports all cleared Wemali. "We did not find any problem with Wemali," said Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi on Thursday before traveling to China to join the team.
Wemali said as a coach he wishes Kipsiro well and has no grudge against him. "He is a star athlete who is winning medals for this country and we should help him perform better," added Wemali.
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He however added that Chelimo and Kipsiro's brother Ben Sande Nawari have all threatened him verbally. "This year on January 8th Chelimo came to my house in Kapchorwa and tried to shoot me, but the bullet did not get me. Chelimo was arrested but disappeared from captivity," added Wemali who said his wife has already fled the country fearing for her life.
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Wemali said he is happy that authorities of UAF cleared him of the alleged sexual harassment and recalled him back to work with the Federation. "I will continue to serve my country in Police and athletics as a sport," added Wemali.