Thursday, September 3, 2009

Police clears coach Ayiekoh of sodomy allegations

Time for Ayieko to play up his heterosexual credentials, dont you think?

Thursday, 3rd September, 2009       

THE Director of Public Prosecution DPP will not prefer charges of sodomy on Horizon FC coach Charles Ayiekoh due to insufficient evidence.
Ayiekoh, who has been under investigation for two months, was on Tuesday cleared of the accusations by the Criminal Investigations Directorate CID.
Ayiekoh is now considering legal action against those who made capital out of his woes.
Radio journalist Ivan Kyeyune and Isaac Omara, a bar attendant, accused Ayiekoh of sodomy during the Inter-Regions soccer championship in Lira in June.
According to Lira District CID officer Denis Oola, the clearance followed police investigations and perusal of the case files by Lira Resident State Attorney and the DPP's office in Kampala.
“The files were later returned to police with instructions to close the case in the interest of justice because of insufficient evidence,” reads the release.
“I am greatly relieved. It's been a very traumatizing situation. My family was devastated. But most important, the truth has prevailed,” said a visibly happy Ayiekoh yesterday.
“There was a deliberate smear campaign to destroy me.
“I have in the process of the bad publicity, also lost several opportunities,” explained the tactician.
He wondered why his accusers didn’t follow up the matter.
“They claimed to have evidence from earlier cases, Why couldn’t they present it”, the coach asked.
Clearance also implies the effective return of Ayiekoh on the bench.
He was on a Uganda Football Coaches Association suspension list pending clearance.
Homosexuality is a crime under Uganda's penal code.
There have however been numerous reports of the act in the country’s football circles. But no tangible steps have been taken to eradicate the vice.

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