UBF president Muhangi granted cash bail

UBF president Moses Muhangi addresses journalists | Photo Credit: Courtesy

BOXING UBF president Muhangi granted cash bail

Shafic Kiyaga 11:32 - 31.05.2023

According to the court's decision, Muhangi is required to return for further proceedings on July 20, 2023.

Moses Muhangi, the President of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF), has been granted bail. Muhangi was sent to Luzira on May 18, 2023, on charges of forgery and uttering false documents.

On Wednesday, Muhangi appeared before the Nakawa Magistrate Court, where he was granted bail.

He received a cash bail of UGX two million, while each of his three sureties was granted a non-cash bail of UGX four million.

According to the court's decision, Muhangi is required to return for further proceedings on July 20, 2023.

The courtroom was filled with boxers, coaches, media, and other interested parties who gathered since the early hours of the morning to witness the proceedings.

Muhangi's release on bail marks a significant development in his legal situation. It provides him with the opportunity to continue his defense while awaiting further court proceedings.

Muhangi has been in custody for the past twelve days, initially spending 48 hours under police custody at the Central Police Station in Kampala before being remanded at the Luzira Prison.

The charges Muhangi faces, including forgery and falsification, have landed him in this legal battle.

His arrest was ordered by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) following a recommendation for further investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Recently, Muhangi appeared before the PAC to address concerns raised by the auditor general's report regarding the federation's financial reports, which highlighted several unaccounted funds.

As a result, Muhangi and the former UBF accountant, Lydia Namuleme, were forwarded to the Police CID for further scrutiny in relation to allegations of forgery, uttering false documents, and misappropriation.

Muhangi had initially been granted the opportunity to record statements at the CID in Kibuli on Monday afternoon, addressing the audit queries.

After recording his statement, he was allowed to leave with police bond, which was valid for 48 hours.

However, he was unexpectedly called back to the CID, where he was presented with fresh charges against him.

Magistrate Ritah Kidasa Newumbe denied Muhangi's initial application for bail when he was first presented at court on May 18.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the boxing community and sports enthusiasts in Uganda closely watch the outcome of Muhangi's bail application with the hashtag ‘Free Muhangi’ trending in the days preceding his arrest.