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East Africa: Ugandan Match Fixing Agent Nabbed in Kenya League Deal

By Rushdie Oudia

A Ugandan national will today appear before a Kisumu court where he will face immigration and corruption related charges for attempting to fix a Betking Premier league match.

Fred Ronald Niwagira Mwine was on Saturday arrested at a Kisumu hotel trying to bribe four Western Stima players and the team manager in order to lose yesterday’s Kenynan Premier League fixture against KCB.

At the time of his arrest, Mwine was found with over Shs70,000 in a Kisumu hotel while attempting to fix the KPL match at Nakuru Afraha Stadium.

According to a police report, Laban Jobita, chairman of Western Stima, was approached by a man to Museum View Hotel for a meeting.

Jobita said they decided to set the trap for the Ugandan national after he heard of reports of what he had planned to do.

“When we got the tip, I gave a go-ahead to the four players and the team manager to go to Museum View Hotel, record the conversation and tip me once the Ugandan national had placed the cash on the table,” said Jobita.

He told Nation Sport, a sister paper of Daily Monitor, that he started following up the matter after he had reports that his players had been approached prior to the AFC Leopards fixture on December 18 in Nairobi where they won 2-0.

Jobita said his players admitted being approached by a suspicious character asking them to lose 3-0 to AFC Leopards.

“They, however, took the money offered but played their hearts out beating AFC 2-0. I then asked the players and the team manager to alert me when they are approached again so that we could catch the fixer red handed,” said Jobita.

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