Former URA CEO Kakembo accuses Sam Ssimbwa of bribing referees

Time and again people often make statements in the heat of the moment that sent the entire world shocked to the core, such is the situation former URA FC CEO Ivan Kakembo finds himself in.

This is after Kakembo revealed he thinks he was Ssimbwa’s problem that the team was having a poor run because he didn’t provide a budget to bribe referees.

Kakembo made the shocking revelation on his Twitter handle while he was responding to a video shared by photojournalist John Batanude where Ssimbwa was blaming him for the team’s poor run.

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In the Video clip, Sam Ssimbwa was reacting to his side’s 2-0 win over SC Villa on Tuesday evening.

“I think we shall play better, better than the first round,” Ssimbwa says in the video when he was asked why they couldn’t play better in the first round.

“So many factors but Kakembo one of them,” he added.

Kakembo responded rather shockingly; “I can agree with being Ssimbwa’s problem for denying his budget for bribing referees.”

And the situation seems to have escalated beyond twitter, with Kakembo through Dosvita sports management, his sports management agency petitioning FUFA and the Uganda Police to look further into Ssimbwa’s allegations.

“I have further petitioned the Police CID to investigate his (Ssimbwa) allegations and also petition the FUFA CEO to instruct the competitions disciplinary panel to further investigate the coach’s allegations as they bring the beautiful game into disrepute,” part of a statement from Kakembo says

The former SC Villa CEO was appointed URA chief in October 2018, his arrival marked the change in direction the club took, as he sought after professionalising the club, instituting a secretariat which has grown in leaps and bounds.

In January 2016, Sam Ssimbwa then KCCA FC assistant coach was suspended by the club after he was accused of allegedly uttering statements regarding his personal conduct in the field of football contrary to the club’s core values.

It stemmed from a recorded audio file that went viral capturing Ssimbwa saying he can bribe referees.

Three months later after an investigation done by FUFA, He was found guilty and subsequently banned from all football-related activities for eight months, he was also immediately sacked by KCCA FC.

It remains to be seen how far Ivan Kakembo’s allegations will go with the accused.

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