Sexual Assault Takes Over Athletics

Uganda Police have arrested National Athletics coach Peter Wemali for allegedly raping three teenage female national athletes.

National Athletics coach Peter Wemali
National Athletics coach Peter Wemali

This came to light after the three victims recorded statements over the in Kapchwora accusing Wemali of sexual harassment.

Accusations against convicted Wemali begun way back in a training camp in Bukwo ahead of the Africa Cross-country Championships last March but no action had been taken.

It is said that the former coach was arrested after the three girls whose names remain confidential to avoid stigmatizing them among their peers, made confessions that brought most of the elders in the meeting to tears.

The three female teenage athletes are aged between 15 to 17 years.

In one of the recorded statement, the girl revealed she feared screaming after seeing a pistol and a Panga in Wemali’s house.

Red Pepper online understands that the issue was first brought up by Common Wealth games 10000m goal medalist Moses Kipsiro who claimed that coach Wemali was sexually abusing his fellow runners.

Kipsiro went ahead and revealed he had plans of fleeing out of the country due to death threats which he was sure were from coach Wemali after exposing him of sexually abusing female athletes.

Earlier this week Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda’s Olympic and world marathon champion told the media that Wemali was a “wrong character” who had ruined the career of one promising young female runner, plus impregnating another who he turned into his wife.

Sipi Region Police Commander; James Ruhweza said that, “Wemali is like any other person in this country and if he has committed rape, defilement or any form of assault like these young girls are alleging, they will have him arrested and charged,”