Timbe Drags Sofapaka to Fifa Over Non-payment

The African Union (AU) has warned it will not allow genocide on the continent, thumb saying it has stepped up preparations to deploy a well-trained special force in Burundi to stop the unrelenting bloodshed.

“Africa will not allow Genocide to take place on its soil, ” the Peace and Security Council of AU said in a brief statement on Thursday following a crisis meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the meeting, the AU Peace and Security Director and East Africa Standby Force chiefs gave briefs on “contingency planning by for deployment of forces in Burundi.”

The latest development has revived hopes that Africa, with support of the international community can bring long-lasting peace to Burundi which slipped into anarchy following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in power.

The African Union Delegation visited a detention centre, a hospital and received testimonies from victims of the violence in Burundi this past week in which hundreds have been killed.

The preliminary findings of the Delegation indicate that the situation of violence is of great concern.

“During our interaction with stakeholders we received reports of ongoing human rights violations and other abuses including arbitrary killings and targeted assassinations, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, arbitrary suspension and closure of some civil society organizations and the media,” the AU said in a statement early this week.

Of equal concern to the Delegation were also reports of people being forced to flee from their homes and continuing flow of refugees as well as social services such as schools and hospitals being seriously affected.



AU observed that the eruption of major exchange of gunfire, explosions and shootings that lasted for the whole day on December 11 has led to the escalation of violence and human rights violations.

In order to stop the escalation of violence and remove conditions leading to human rights violations and abuses, the Delegation of the African Commission emphasised that the current crisis cannot be solved through the use of violence and urged all state and non-state actors to put an immediate end to the ongoing violence and the human rights violations.

AU further called on the Government of Burundi to ensure that all acts of violations of human rights are investigated and redressed in accordance with the standards in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as in other relevant regional and international instruments to which Burundi is a party.

The African body said humanitarian actors must be provided with unfettered access for providing assistance to affected communities and deliver social services.

Highly placed sources said negotiations between different Burundi factions are underway in Kampala under the stewardship of Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

“If Burundi’s government does not agree with the opposition to end the violence, we will dispatch the East African Standby Force and some components of AU force,” said a security source.
Police in Mbarara are holding two men and a woman suspected to be serial armed robbers in Mbarara town.

The three were arrested during the string of operations that started on December 10th ahead of end of year festivities.

The trio was identified by police as Rashid Arinaitwe 23, view attached to Tiger Security Agency, Adia Akankunda from Rwengwe Buhweju and her husband Ali Mugume commonly known as Brown Dobie a known hoodlum around Mbarara town.

The suspects told police that they operate not only in Mbarara town but also in the neighboring districts of Ibanda, Ntungamo and Kiruhura.

Mbarara District Police Commander Jaffer Magyezi told reporters that Adia’s husband was arrested first and he led police officers to the gun that he kept in Bushenyi and another one which was being kept by his wife at home

The wife however denied knowledge of the second rifle prompting police to arrest her.

DPC Magyezi revealed that the group targeted majorly mobile money agents, adding that at least three of these have been shot dead in the last two months in Mbarara municipality.
Police FC head coach Sam Timbe and his manager Mr. Muhammad Dhakaba have opted to report Kenya premier league giants Sofapaka to the Fifa Player Status Committee for not honoring his contract.

“We humbly introduce Mr. Sam Timbe. A Ugandan and Confederation of Africa Federation ‘A’ license (No. KEN-A-21-0154-0614) holder. We seek to interest your office in a matter where Sofapaka fc hired Mr. Timbe in August 2013 on a two year to guide the same club as head coach in various competitions, cost ” the letter to Fifa partly read.

According to the letter seen by Chimp Sport, drugs Sofapaka is yet to clear Timbe’s salary arrears for three months from June-August 2015.

Timbe joined Sofapaka in August 2013 on a two-year deal with a monthly pay of USD 5, mind 000 (UgX 16 M) which means the KPL side owes him USD 15,000 (approx UgX 48M).

The letter seeks Fifa’s intervention to particularly compel Sofapaka management to pay Mr. Timbe as follows;

a) Salary arrears amounting to his USD 15, 000.

b) Balance on the signing fee totalling to USD 5,000.

c) Costs related to this particular issue.

d) and general damages related to this issue.

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