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Ugandan Athlete Who Went Missing In Japan, Still In Police Custody After Being Deported Back To Uganda

Uganda Police detained Ugandan weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko after being quizzed by the Criminal Investigations Department after his deportation from from Japan

Charles Twine, the spokesperson of the CID department said Ssekitoleko was detained at Jinja road police station in Kampala as they wait for the office of the Director of Public prosecutions (DPP) to give them guidance over the matter

“Consultations are being made to establish whether there’s any crime he committed when he disappeared from the team’s training camp while in Japan,” he told the media

His mother Juliet Nalwadda said his son had financial problems and it’s the reason why he had decided to run away from Uganda

The 20-year-old disappeared and later handed himself to the Japanese police before being deported back to Uganda on Thursday afternoon.

Ssekitoleko after arrival from Japan

According to government, Ssekitoleko violated the Code of Conduct which each member of the Team pledged to abide by

This was signed by the Uganda Olympic Council (UOC), Tokyo 2020 and National Council of Sports. Sections (13) and (15) under part 2 are particularly illustrative of what was expected.

In a statement, the government promised to support him with continuous rehabilitation

“The government of Uganda is committed to continuous rehabilitation of the athlete to assist him settle to further develop his career but also help him understand, how such acts of misconduct can  not only affect him as an athlete but also other athletes in the sports sector and the nation at large” the government statement read.

Reports from Japan showed that Ssekitoleko escaped from his team members because life was too difficult for him in Uganda and he wanted to live and work from Japan

 

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