Ugandan Football Agent Ronald Mwine Fred Mugisha commonly known as “Ronnie Santos” who was arrested one week ago for allegedly trying to fix a Kenyan Premier League match between Western Stima and KCB FC has been released by a Kisumu court without charge.
Ronald Mugisha was yesterday released by Senior Resident Magistrate, Winfrida Onkunya.
This is after the officer who was handling the case, Benedict Kwanza, told the court that the complainant in the matter (Western Stima chairman Laban Jobita), decided not to pursue the case. Kwanza requested the court to close the miscellaneous file.
“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 said.
The magistrate granted the officers request and closed the file. “The miscellaneous file is closed and the accused person maybe released.”
Nuwagira Ronald Mwine Fred Mugisha at the Kenyan Court.
Last Monday, Mugisha failed to take plea after the investigative Officer requested to be granted 7 days to complete investigations.
Mugisha was arrested by DCI at a Kisumu hotel for allegedly trying to fix a Kenyan Premier League match involving Western Stima and KCB that was scheduled to take place at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. The matter was reported by Stima cha irman Laban Jobita.
The said manager informed the accused that he needed to discuss the matter with his players but proceeded to report the matter at the station.
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.
Mugisha is said to have handed out Sh10,000 for ‘lunch’ and made a promise of USD 5000 if Stima players went ahead and lost their league match against KCB FC in the exact manner he wanted.
At the time of his arrest, Kisumu Police confirmed that Ronnie Santos was found in possession of Kshs 61,600 in cash.
Last year, FIFA banned four Kakamega Homeboyz players for their involvement in match-fixing among them Ugandan national George Mandela who was banned for life. The three others, Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto were handed four-year bans.