The Police have dismissed claims that they have been officially requested to investigate sexual harassment allegations against a national athletics coach. Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) president Dominic Otucet told the media on Friday that he wrote to Police last week to handle the matter because it is of criminal nature.“We hope the Police findings will help bring the matter to its logical conclusion,” Otucet told a media gathering at the federation’s offices in Kampala. Kapchorwa District Police Commander Patrick Odokonyero, however, told Sunday Monitor on phone that no such letter had reached his office.
Denial “We have not received any letter from the Uganda Athletics Federation asking us to investigate the sexual harassment claims,” Odokonyero said. Since Daily Monitor broke the story in which junior female runners accused one of the three male coaches of aising them to have sex in order to run better, UAF and police have taken no action.
Otucet, however, announced that a committee would be put in place next week to investigate the matter. The yet-to-be-named committee will comprise of 3-5 persons.“I believe in two weeks, we can have a report from the committee,” Otucet said but struggled to explain why there was no female coach to run the Africa Cross-country Championships training camp in Bukwo. “At the time of the camp started, we couldn’t find a female coach ready to start work immediately,” he said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor