Match-fixers to pay shs.100M fine or go to prison

SPORTS ACT 2023 Match-fixers to pay shs.100M fine or go to prison

Fred Mwambu 11:40 - 26.08.2023

According to the new sports law, individuals involved in match-fixing acts will have to pay up to shs.100 million in fines or face a five-year jail term.

FUFA recently banned eight people who were found guilty of being involved in acts `that were considered match-fixing to achieve monetary gains from betting.

They include two referees, George Nkurunziza and Deogratius Opio, former Gaddafi player Mahad Kakooza, Andrew Waiswa and Godfrey Lwesibawa.

The new law directs that any person who is involved in the predetermination or any form of manipulation of the results at any point in that process will be held liable.

The law also places the burden to report on any cases of such kind that he is aware of to the police or the national federation.

“A person who knows or has reason to believe that a person has committed an offence …shall report the matter to the Uganda Police Force and the respective national sports association or national sports federation,” the law directs.

Failure to report will also lead to a fine of up to shs100m or an alternative sentence of up to five years in jail or both.

“A person who … commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding five thousand currency points or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both,” the new law suggests.