Ugandan football agent Niwagira Ronald Mwiine Fred alias Ronnie Santos has been indemnified of all allegations of trying to fix a Kenyan Premier League match.
Ronnie Santos was produced for the second time in Kisumu court to answer charges against trying to influence a game between Western Stima and KCB which was scheduled for Sunday, January 24.
But Senior Resident magistrate Winfred Onkunya who presided over the case released him without any charges after prosecution failed to present a case against him.
Prosecutors headed by investigating officer Benedict Kwanza of the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) revealed to court that the complainant, Western Stima chairman Laban Jobita had decided to drop the charges.
“I want to tell the court that the complainant has decided not to pursue the matter further. We therefore request for the miscellaneous file to be closed,” Kwanza told the court.
Ronnie Santos had been arraigned before court on Monday last week with DCI set to press charges for fraud, bribery and illegal immigration related charges.
With prosecution failing to present a case in court, Ronnie Santos refused to take plea as DCI asked for five extra days to conclude investigations and file a case, which was granted by the court.
However, Ronnie Santos was denied court bail on grounds that he presented an immigration risk and was remanded to a Kisumu prison until investigations were done.
But even after the extended period for investigations, the charges against Ronnie Santos were not conclusive which prompted Magistrate Onkunya to order for the file to be closed and Ronnie Santos to be released immediately.
Ronnie Santos was arrested from Museum View Hotel in Kisumu following a Police undercover operation.
Police said that they acted on a tip off from Jobita that an agent was offering sums of money to his players in order to influence results from the said game.
Police officers disguised as players and a couple of Western Stima players agreed to meet him at his hotel room, and as the deal was finalised, Police operatives moved in and arrested him in the act.
At the time of his arrest, Kisumu Police confirmed that Ronnie Santos was found in possession of Kshs 61,600 in cash.
His passport no K5484752 was also recovered and it was established that his immigration status to Kenya had also expired.
Ronnie Santos is allegedly said to have promised pay off of USD 5000 (approx. Kshs 550,000) to the players involved if the deal was successfully concluded and had made an initial down payment of Kshs 70,000.